Spending Records Missing!

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad The Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme’s (CEPEP) expenditure records for the period 2013 to 2015, amounting to more than TT$1.5 billion in funds, cannot be found, chairman Ashton Ford has revealed.

Ford disclosed this while addressing the media at CEPEP’s headquarters in Ste Madeleine after a meeting with the board members. He said there is no trace of the accounting information on the computer system and he had received information that documents had been deliberately destroyed.

“I was told that there was a shredding spree prior to the September 7, 2015, General Election,” Ford told the T&T Guardian after a press conference in which the issue was raised.

Ford said, as it stands now, the audit for that period cannot be completed because the records cannot be found. He said the records relate to the company’s expenses, including payments to contractors and staff for that period. Ford said the management encountered this situation when they were appointed in 2016.