Audit investigation into discrepancies of procuring container scanner not yet completed


The Audit Office has yet to complete their investigation into the discrepancies in the awarding of the contract for the container scanner allocated for the operation of the Ministry of Customs and Revenue.

This was confirmed in an interview with the Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

Tuala said there are totally different specifications outlined in the what the consultant recommended in the feasibility study versus the actions taken by the Ministry of Customs and Revenue.

The Ministry allocated $2 million for the scanner and before proceeding with the tendering of the scanner, the Ministry retained a consultant to carry out a feasibility study to determine which machine is suitable for the main wharf at Matautu.

He also confirmed the tender was awarded but they have had to put it on hold pending the outcome of Audit investigation.

Radio Polynesia reached out to Auditor General Fuimaono Camilo Afele, but he declined to comment.

However noted there will be a time, in the process and protocols, when they will report to Parliament on the matter and it will also be available on the audit website.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the specifications outlined in the Consultant’s feasibility study were not followed hence the Cabinet ordered investigation for the Audit into this matter.

Tuala said the consultant recommended for a scanner that should be erected at the main wharf, but the Ministry opted for a mobilise container scanner.

Adding that once the Audit report is completed it will be tabled before Cabinet for their decision.