The employment contracts for 14 senior officers provided for the payment of a retirement benefit, at the discretion of the Board. However, the requisite approval was not sought from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in breach of that Ministry’s guidelines. In particular, one of the 14 senior officers benefitted from three pensions valued at $120,000, $56.2 million and US$554,164 respectively, while in receipt of gratuity totalling $31.33 million covering the contract period November 2004 to October 2013. The contract of another senior officer who was already in receipt of pension from the Consolidated Fund also provided for the payment of a second retirement benefit, plus gratuity amounting to $6.6 million for the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015.
Permanent Secretary (current): Audrey Sewell
Permanent Secretary (at breach): Audrey Sewell
Breach Category: Project Management
Breach Type: Overpayments (Purchases, Salaries and Allowances)
Status: Full Compliance
Year Reported: 2016
Last Assessed: July 12, 2018
Year Resolved: 2018
In the absence of explicit approval from the MoFPS, PAJ should take steps to recover amounts overpaid in respect of retirement benefit and gratuity payments. Further, PAJ should ensure employment contracts conform to provisions of the PBMA Act and Ministry of Finance circulars and guidelines.
The responsible officer (s) who approved the unauthorized benefits should be advised that they could be subjected to administrative action in accordance with the PBMA Act.
No response to date from the Office of the Prime Minister that has oversight of the entity or from the Port Authority.
No Calls To Action are currently associated with this breach.