Steering clear of giving a more precise timeline, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has said the long-anticipated audit in relation to government’s multi-million cruise pier project will be ‘ready shortly’.
“I would think in a matter of a couple of months at the most … probably a few weeks,” Dr Smith said when presented with fresh questions about the audit on Wednesday, May 30.
Premier Smith first announced an audit was being undertaken nearly two years ago.
Asked yesterday why it has taken this long to produce the report, the Premier said: “The auditors had to verify all the information that they receive. In fact, it was difficult getting much of the information and that was part of the delay”.
Once auditors complete their review and undergo their verification process, the report will be presented to the territory’s Governor.
When Dr Smith announced the audit back in 2016, he said it was to put an end to the “rumours which, of course, are false”.
He was referring to rumours that generated after the project ended up costing $82.9 million, reflecting a cost over-run of more than $30 million.
The parliamentary opposition had said it does not expect the truth to be unearthed because it was the Dr Smith Administration that appointed the auditor to probe government’s conduct in relation to the project.
However, Premier Smith had publicly pledged not to interfere with the audit, which is being conducted by United States firm, KPMG.
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