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Minister wants new system

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

Minister wants new system The Customs division of the Ministry of Revenue is to “redesign their system” and ensure banking is done daily to avoid a repeat of the events of last week. Describing it as “a terrible week,” Minister of Revenue, Tuiloma Pule Lameko said he has ordered Customs' system to be “redesigned as soon as possible.”

Speaking to Sunday Samoan yesterday, Tuiloma said the two incidents at Customs last week made him look deeper into ways to eliminate it in future.

First, he said he ordered Customs to redesign the system in terms of banking. He wants it done daily.
“This is one of the Ministries with millions of dollars collected everyday and I have looked into mobile banking so that no more money will be stolen from there,” Tuiloma said.

He was referring to the $1.4m that went missing at Customs on Tuesday morning and was recovered again on Tuesday night by Police.
“I’m just thankful that most of the money has been recovered because what can the Customs do if the whole money cannot be found?” he said.

“I told them from now on,

mobile banking will be the safest way to make sure it won’t happen again in the future.”
Tuiloma told Sunday Samoan that a safe room should also be built to make sure all the money collected each day is secured.

“Looking at the store room for money collected, it is not strong enough and I’ve told them also to build a stronger one,” Tuiloma said.
The Minister was also asked to comment on the conduct of an ACEO being investigated for alleged illegal dealings.

This follows a leaked document to Samoa Observer, which shows a Final Examination Entry Form signed by this certain ACEO.
It was revealed that she changed the year of a Toyota Taraqo Van from 1992 to 2000 without any Ownership Certificate to base the assessment on.

He said he already met with the accused ACEO and also Acting CEO, Afoa Ray Pereira regarding this issue.
“I told them (ones who are investigating this matter) that evidence or proof that there was a legal reason why this ACEO changed the year of this vehicle should be publicized.

“Because this is public information, and the public needs to know Customs side of the story for the reasons why this ACEO conducted this practice.”
Tuiloma said if this ACEO cannot prove what she did was legal, then that means there is a lapse in the system.

“And no one is above the law, the law is the law and if it’s proven that misconduct took place, a decision will be made.
“That is why I’m saying, the system here at Customs should be redesigned to find out ways to improve their service to the people of Samoa.”

 

 

 

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