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Jamaica: CDF ABUSE – Report Cites Nepotism As Cash Channeled To Fund Degrees For Family Connections

A compliance audit of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by the Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) has unearthed cases of nepotism within the agency managing the $1.26-billion programme that operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

In a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the Auditor General’s Department identified instances of payments to connected parties.

“Steps should be taken to establish objective criteria and clear guidelines for the implementation of educational development projects to ensure that these projects are administered in a fair and transparent manner and reduce the risk of exploitation, nepotism, and misuse of funds distributed for these projects,” Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis stated in her recommendation to the OPM.

The AuGD found that payments amounting to $190,000 for the years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 were made to a university on behalf of an employee of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, who was actively involved in the implementation of CDF projects at the ministry, to offset the cost of a postgraduate degree.

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