The International Decade for People of African Descent Guyana (IDPADA-G) on Friday said it is ready to engage with the appropriate Government agency to agree on a mutual independent auditor.
“We are aware of the legal provisions for financial exposures and audits of entities such as IDPADA-G Inc.”
“However, as further demonstration of IDPADA-G’s commitment to accountability, we are prepared, in this instance, to submit the relevant records to an independent auditor although statutorily this period is not due for an audit.”
This statement comes on the heels of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport’s request for financial records to be submitted, detailing how almost $500M in state funds were expended.
Chief Executive Officer of IDPADA-G Olive Sampson in a missive said from the inception, the organisation has been accountable.
The organisation also said its financial statements from the period 2018 to 2021 was submitted to the Government.
“In fact, a comprehensive audit of our organization was conducted by the Central Internal Audit Unit of the Ministry of Finance, for the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021.”
“Since that audit investigated receipts and disbursement of funds by IDPADA-G, it fully investigated the ‘concerns’ raised in your request to us. Therefore, all financial records you seek for the period 2018 - 2021 were submitted to that government audit team,” the missive read.
The Organisation further stated that the only period for which financial records have not been audited is January 1, 2022 to date.