The Auditor General’s 2018/2019 Annual Report noted that procurement of goods and services under Integrated Support to Jamaica’s Social Protection Strategy (ISJSPS) Project – implemented by the Ministry of Labour & Social Security – was not robust during the implementation of the Project.
At the Project’s closure in August 2018, only 9 per cent of the targeted 550 children with disabilities received assistive aids. Also, the Project did not receive 469 assistive aids procured at a cost of US$136,605 on August 14, 2018 (the last day of the Project); until January 2019, five months after the Project ended. Investigation disclosed that the tardiness was due to the Project Team’s failure to conduct timely needs assessment. Further, up to the time of reporting, MLSS provided evidence that only 50 recipients received assistive aids.
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