Finally, I had the time to read Al-Wasat's special on the 2005 Audit Court Report. To those of you not on the surface of the earth, it's the annual audit report of all the government bodies in Bahrain. And by government bodies, I mean Ministries because, of course, those in "higher" places can never do anything wrong...
Anyway, here are my all-time favorites in the report:
- Central Informatics Organization bought BD400,000 worth of equipment for smart cards and used only 7% of them (LuLu: give Mr. Ateyatallah a break.. plotting and scheming is very hard work)
- Minisry of Finance didn't bother make a list of government land assets (LuLu: duhh who said there are government land assets left!)
- Undersecretary of Finance uses ministry vouchers to pay for gas fuel (LuLu: Ok this is too funny)
- ALBA forgot to sell the extra aluminium it produced after opening the 5th production line (LuLu: I live in monkeyland!!)
- In ALBA's account, "projected" and "book values" don't equal "real values" (LuLu: call an orange an orange.. how come we live in a country where there is corruption but no one is ever called corrupt?)
- Bahrain TV has no board of directors or org. structure (LuLu: or audience. Now someone please either fix this embarrassment of a network or just shut it down..!)
- Tourism directorate has no plan, no vision, no licensing regulations, no record of licensees, doesn't even collect its fees, and 75% of its licenses are expired (LuLu: and that is why the minister was re-appointed...)
- The Bahrain F1 circuit is losing BD25 million and the gov. is bailing its out (LuLu: oh for god's sake, how hard is it to manage this project?!)
Of course I am a bit irritated because I can't read the actual report. The Audit Court should just have posted it online! Of course, that just speaks to the loads of transparency measures we lack.. Anyway, I hope changes actually happen as a result of the report (if out of embarrassment at least!). I also hope at least ONE person responsible for any of those violations is actually held liable...