About P6.4m industrial machines idle

Goitsemang Morekisi
Goitsemang Morekisi

Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were in shock on Tuesday after learning that the industrial machines that were bought under the poverty eradication project worth P6.4 million have been lying idle.

This revelation came out when the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of State President Goitsemang Morekisi updated the committee that the programme is not doing well contrary to expectation.

The committee also learnt that the Ministry acquired some industrial machines in 2016, specifically for industrial use at a cost of P6.4 million. The assets were distributed to various districts, with the instruction to form industry-specific groups. Morekisi said the audit sampled seven districts which had been allocated nine machines, out of which only two were operational. She said seven of the nine distributed to the sampled areas were not operational.

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