The Pubilc Accounts Committee put planning director Haroon Pandohie in the hot seat this morning on its first of three days of hearings.
The committee, under newly-installed chairman Ezzard Miller, dived right into the Auditor General’s report on National Land Development and Real Property.
PAC members questioned Mr. Pandohie, also Central Planning Authority Executive Secretary, about the CPA’s failure to review the island-wide development plan every five years as required by law.
The development plan has not undergone a comprehensive review since 1997, but Mr. Pandohie told PAC members it’s not for lack of trying.
“Unfortunately those surveys did not move to fruition or, to ultimately get to the LA, so there has been work done over the years to drive forward an update to the plan, unfortunately, they haven’t found their way to the legislative assembly for debate,” said Mr. Pandohie of efforts to follow through with the comprehensive review.
Committee members called for a critical review of CPA members and procedures after the Auditor General’s report, saying it’s unacceptable that a chairman could make his own rules.