Weakness cited in the internal control systems of the ministry
KUWAIT CITY, November 7: The State Audit Office uncovered a scandal at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, which involved falsifying the names of some of its employees in order to facilitate unfair obtaining of driver’s licenses , and the registration of some expatriates under the residence of the ministry even if they do not work for the ministry, reports the Al-Rai daily. According to the office report after reviewing the budget of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs for fiscal year 2020/2021, the ministry has weak internal control systems regarding the data of persons registered under the ministry’s sponsorship. There is also a difference in the data on residences and the number of workers. The report stated that “the Awqaf ministry provided some of its employees with the job titles of ‘mandoub’ and ‘driver’, even if they did not correspond to their actual job, in order to ensure that these employees obtain a driver’s license. There are also people registered with the ministry but who do not work for him and are not covered by the categories that the ministry registers them on his residence. This matter has been referred to the Home Office.
The Interior Ministry said in its response to the scandal that the number of non-Kuwaitis registered under the ministry’s residence was 3,903 expatriates. Reports from the Awqaf Ministry show that 174 of them either expired their residency, resigned, died or their services ended ”. The office revealed that the Awqaf Ministry had formed an independent investigative committee to find out who facilitated these procedures, and also notified the Interior Ministry to suspend changing the job titles of any ministry employee until. that the inquiry committee has completed its task.
He said that there is a weakness in the internal control systems of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs due to the lack of a program for the Department of Administrative Affairs to safeguard the data of all employees registered under. ministry sponsorship, as well as a loophole in the regulations governing who within the ministry is entitled to offer ministry sponsorship. The report recorded numerous observations and violations against the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, including:
1. Under-spending on 327 construction projects and on radical maintenance of a number of them.
2. The lack of precision in the budget estimate, which led to significant transfers and appropriations of certain budget items.
3. Shortage of ministry-affiliated plots without explaining the reasons for the shortage, as the number approved in the previous budget was 16, and only 14 plots appear in the final count.
4. Lack of inventory of manuscripts, their accessories and microfilm copies.
5. Do not deduct the total value of fines in the contract for cleaning mosques and buildings affiliated with the administration of Ahmadi mosques, as it was found that there were not 156 workers out of 848 workers residing in the city. mosque, but the ministry made payments to the company.
In addition, the office report claimed that the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs continues to –
1. Issue decisions to grant awqaf housing to people who do not meet the conditions, as 32 housing units have been allocated from 2019 to today for people whose residence is not affiliated with the ministry and does not work not for him.
2. Allocate 41 housing units to employees whose job title is not part of the titles of holders of religious jobs eligible for housing assistance, and the maintenance of the allocation of additional housing to 15 employees who benefit from ” an endowment from the Public Housing Assistance Authority. 3. Allocate two dwellings for 95 employees in violation of the conditions.
The office stressed that the ministry continues to delay taking the necessary measures as it allocates 15 units to those who refuse to contract with the ministry for a period of 6 years without the ministry collecting the rental value.