NHT – OPM Left Ignorant of the Board’s Investment Decisions

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Auditor General's Findings

Decision No. 17 of the Cabinet approved an Accountability Framework that required Permanent Secretaries to obtain copies of Board Minutes from all public bodies, under their portfolio. The Auditor General found that while the Office of the Prime Minister did receive quarterly, half-yearly and annual reports from NHT, the Permanent Secretary did not request copies of the Board Minutes. The then Permanent Secretary, Onika Miller had advised the AG that she was not aware of the transaction and had learnt of the matter via the media.

Permanent Secretary (current): Audrey Sewell

Permanent Secretary (at breach):

Breach Category: Governance

Breach Type: Inadequate Monitoring by Portfolio Ministries and Ministry of Finance

  • Breach Details
  • Articles & Reports
  • Accountable Officers
  • Calls To Action

Status: Full Compliance

Year Reported: 2015

Last Assessed: June 13, 2018

Year Resolved: 2015

RECOMMENDATION

That the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister immediately institute measures to ensure that copies of the Minutes of the NHT Board are received, in a timely manner, in compliance with Decision #17 of the Cabinet approved GOJ Accountability Framework.

JAMP UPDATE

The NHT Board provided JAMP with transmittal letters to support their remedying the breach. It demonstrated that the Board now submits Board Minutes to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Audrey Sewell.

Auditor General Reports

Permanent Secretary Audrey Sewell CD, JP Office of the Prime Minister,
1 Devon Road,
Kingston 10,
Jamaica
876-926-1590
The Most Hon. Andrew Holness ON, MP Office of the Prime Minister,
1 Devon Road,
Kingston 10,
Jamaica
(876) 927-9941 View profile in MP Tracker
Board Chairman National Housing Trust (NHT) Lennox Channer 4 Park Blvd, Kingston 5, Jamaica
Managing Director National Housing Trust (NHT) Martin Miller 4 Park Blvd, Kingston 5, Jamaica
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