Year after year, the way our ministries continue to mismanage their nation-building responsibilities is completely incomprehensible.
At day’s end, it is all about wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned contributions.
In the most recent auditor general’s report, we see how our children are paying a high price because approved buildings are not delivered on time and how, when they are delivered, they have questionable safety issues.
The report has also highlighted many other shortcomings involving the various ministries.
While some may argue that no one is perfect, there is a bitter, hard truth hidden behind these reports. Year after year, the same kind of mistakes and abuses of procedures and of finances are reported.
Many of the people who run and work in these ministries appear oblivious to them. They seem unable to learn from the mistakes outlined in all the previous auditor general’s reports.
If we are unable to take the auditor general’s reports seriously or to ensure that these failures are not repeated year after year, then we will need to ask ourselves about the kind of nation we are building. Certainly, such poor practices cannot be the foundation for a robust nation.
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If you are working in the private sector and are found to have failed at your job time and again, despite repeated warnings, you will probably soon be sacked.
However, civil servants (and their respective department and ministerial heads) seem to be totally indifferent to these reports.
It is only we, the people, who are concerned. Are we are supposed to laugh over these reports? Sympathise, perhaps, over the failures? Or are we too expected to forget about what was revealed before the next report is issued?
In its entirety, the auditor general’s report describes the problems of this nation, the quality of its leadership and the sad state of affairs.
The contractors who were hired to do the jobs and projects – and who have failed to adhere to their contract terms should be hauled to court. It is time for the truth to emerge about why they keep failing year after year.
If this action is not taken, then we can only speculate that the real root of the weaknesses is due to the endemic corruption that runs across the government.