Thu. May 28th, 2020

Senator seeks full audit of KASP

Senator Dr. Stevenson Kuartei seeks full audit of the Koror-Airai Sanitation Project (KASP), a $28.8-million-dollar project funded through a loan by Asian Development Bank.

In a letter to Public Auditor Saturnino Tewid on March 11 of this year, Senator Kuartei expressed that the Senate have been asking PPUC and its management for the financial status of the project.  The letter does not state whether the information the Senate have received are adequate, rather it expressed that it need to have all “necessary facts in order to make informed decision regarding utilities.”

Senator requests for full audit of KASP to include, in addition to standard elements of audit, examination of all “contracts entered into the implementation of KASP.”

Stating that the project funding of $28.8 million was approved by a joint resolution in 2014, the Senator wants to know “its current state of completion” and whether the project “fulfilled expectations they held when they approved the loan.”

In response, the Office of the Public Auditor expressed availability to conduct such audit and assured Senate that they will commence communications with Palau Public Utilities Corporation to begin the initial work.

Koror-Airai Sanitation Project was approved in 2014 for $28.8 million dollars to address outdate sanitation system in Koror and to construct a new sanitation system in Kesebelau, Airai.  The initial part of the project, the Sewer Network Rehabilitation and Expansion Works at Koror went to bid in March of 2016.  (L.N. Reklai)