MPs’ Finance discusses accounting explanations related to Aqaba Development and Nuclear Electricity Companies
Amman, June 19 (Petra) – The Parliamentary Finance Committee today, Sunday, discussed explanations and violations related to the Aqaba Development Company and the Jordanian Nuclear Electricity Company within the framework of the discussion of the Audit Bureau’s reports for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
This took place during two separate meetings held today by the committee, chaired by the representative engineer Muhammad Al-Saudi, and in the presence of the president of the Aqaba development company Hussein Al-Safadi, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. . General of the Diwan for Technical Affairs, Dr Bilal Okasha.
Al-Saudi said the committee had continued in its first meeting to discuss explanations related to the Aqaba Development Company, which focused on administrative and financial matters.
The violations were related to the exchange documents and the decisions of the Board to pay out sums of money and tax the company with expenses and expenses for other parties that are not related to the goals and objectives of the company, or to make spending decisions. take from a previous year’s budget.To the existence of violations of sales and development agreements (land sales), partnership, lease and investment agreements, tenders, financial analysis, revenue, sales and leases.
The committee called on the preparation of an organizational structure for the company to address distortions, ensure that these violations are not repeated and strengthen internal control, and also called on the Aqaba Development Company to enforce and cancel any decisions of the Aqaba Economic Zone Authority. previous decisions, which indicate that these decisions lead to overlap in powers and tasks between Company and power.
The committee recommended that the file of the purchase of shares by the Aqaba Development Company in one of the companies be referred to the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission, and is working to liquidate it due to the extent of the accumulated losses and the uselessness of its existence.
And the audit of the Audit Bureau for the year 2019 showed that the Aqaba Development Company’s general meeting decided to approve the decision of the board of directors related to the purchase of all shares held by a shareholder in a company owned for the development of investment markets, a private limited shareholding, with a value of 995 thousand dinars.
The explanation indicated that there is a loan balance owed by the company, amounting to 3065082 dinars, and accumulated losses of a total of 1378914 dinars, without indicating the feasibility of this operation.
In turn, Safadi stressed that the new administration is concerned with the closure of all files related to the Audit Bureau for the past few years and is working to address it, pointing out that more than 63 percent of the explanations received corrected, and the rest will be fully settled and work within a clear policy without committing new transgressions.Putting the interests of the country and citizens under the priorities of work.
With regard to the tender for the works of the car park building, Al-Safadi indicated that a committee had been set up to audit and investigate all the procedures that had taken place on the bid, and to determine the responsibility of those responsible for the violations that have occurred, or in the design or implementation stage, and to provide the results of the committee to the Bureau.
Al-Safadi also undertook to work immediately to prepare an organizational structure for the company that would rectify any shortcomings in this regard.
In turn, the delegates: Omar Al-Naber, Suleiman Abu Yahya, Dirar Al-Harasis, Asma Al-Rawahneh, Hayel Ayyash, Ahmed Al-Qatawneh, Abdul-Rahim Al-Maayeh and Muhammad Abu Sa’ilek stressed the need to preserve public money and take the necessary measures to address the offenses received and rectify all observations, emphasizing that the assault on public money does not fall under the statute of limitations.Anyone who abuses him must be held accountable.
With regard to administrative and financial violations, the Finance Committee recommended the recovery of the amounts unduly paid in accordance with the rules.
With regard to sales and development agreements (land sales), the Parliamentary Finance recommended the formation of a joint committee of the Audit Bureau and the Aqaba Development Company to review and study the agreements and submit a detailed report to the appropriate decision in to take this connection. .
The committee recommended giving specific deadlines to rectify the violations and treat them according to the rules and follow up on the violations by forming committees between the department and the Audit Bureau, while some explanations were kept pending until they were rectified.
In addition, the committee discussed the violations related to the Jordanian Nuclear Electricity Company, related to the establishment and activity of the company, the decisions of the board, administrative affairs, employees, financial affairs and tenders (field study tender, field study tender , consulting services contract tender).
According to the report of the Audit Bureau, the establishment of the company came in the implementation of the terms of the agreement signed in March 2015 between the Jordanian and Russian governments, for the company to the first phase of the project (the development phase) implement. , and in the case of moving to the second phase / investment (construction and operation), the Russian side Or any other investor identified during the development stage by buying a stake in this company according to his share in the ownership of the project , so that the company owns and operates the nuclear power plant project.
The Audit Bureau’s explanation indicated that, according to the Prime Minister’s letter, a committee had been formed under the direction of a representative of the Ministry of Finance and the membership of representatives of the relevant authorities to review the studies and works submitted to the company is entrusted and its expiration dates. , as the company was later placed under liquidation and the case is still being followed up.
During the meeting, a discussion took place among the attendees about all the items mentioned in the briefing, where the attendees raised a number of questions related to the liquidation of the company, the value of the assets before and after the liquidation and the number of cases brought by employees against the company.
Toukan, in turn, reviewed the phases the company went through in terms of establishment and its activities, emphasizing that each dinar was spent in its place at the station, and that it was in line with the principles and standards.
In turn, the representatives of the Ministry of Finance, members of the liquidation committee, stated that the committee had settled all cases and observations regarding the company with the relevant authorities, but 8 cases remained in the courts, and we could not do not shut down. the company’s door until after a final court ruling has been issued.
In turn, Majali said as long as the company is under liquidation, the matter rests with the relevant liquidation committee in this regard.
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