951 cases of irregularities and abuse of power in 2023

Oman Tuesday 09/July/2024 19:48 PM
By: Times News Service
951 cases of irregularities  and abuse of power in 2023

MUSCAT: In a powerful demonstration of its commitment to uphold accountability and transparency, the State Audit Institution (SAI) addressed 951 cases of financial and administrative irregularities, improper tender awarding, and abuse of power in 2023, as revealed in its comprehensive annual report submitted to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.

Sheikh Ghuson bin Hilal Al Alawi, Chairman of the SAI, submitted the detailed report for 2023 to His Majesty, emphasising the institution's dedication to transparency and accountability.

In compliance with Article 66 of the Basic Law of the State (Royal Decree No. 6/2021) and Article 29 of the State Audit Law (Royal Decree No. 111/2011), the report was also sent to both the Council of Ministers and the Council of Oman.

The SAI’s comprehensive report highlighted its audit activities across various government units, authorities, investments, and companies, following the 2023 annual audit plan. Notably, SAI executed 187 audit tasks, resulting in 185 detailed audit reports.

These reports were shared with the relevant entities, which responded proactively by implementing corrective measures and adhering to the SAI's recommendations.

Some irregularities with potential criminal implications were referred to the Public Prosecution department for further action.

The annual report covered a range of topics within government units, including the State's final account, tax assessment and collection, financial and administrative activities, and performance evaluations of certain directorates.

Additionally, it audited sectors such as commerce, economy, tourism, housing, labour, health, and education, along with some governor's offices.

For authorities, investments, and companies, the report scrutinised sectors like energy, minerals, aviation, environment, electricity, water, food security, and other critical areas.

The findings, including observations and recommendations, were communicated to the respective entities.

Throughout 2023, the SAI addressed 951 complaints and reports on financial and administrative misconduct, improper tender processes, and abuse of power, received through various communication channels and the institution thoroughly examined 87% of these complaints.

The SAI's collaboration with other state entities has significantly strengthened the commitment to safeguarding public funds and preserving the State’s resources, reflecting a robust system of accountability and governance.