Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Complaints over power cuts as FEWA runs Dh1bn surplus

Several ministries and federal bodies are mismanaging their money, an FNC report claims.

ABU DHABI // Several ministries and federal bodies are mismanaging their money, an FNC report claims.

The allegations were made yesterday in a report by the council's financial affairs committee, which studied government spending last year.

In a debate with Obaid Humaid al Tayer, the Minister of State for Financial Affairs, FNC members expressed concern at alleged violations by the ministries and said the council rubber-stamped spending without seeking action to stem the mismanagement.

One of the findings that drew criticism was that the Federal Electricity and Water Authority, which provides utility services to the Northern Emirates, did not spend Dh1.6 billion of its allocated budget, despite complaints of widespread electricity and water shortages in the areas it services. Part of the unspent budget was used to cover costs that had exceeded estimates, leaving a total surplus of around Dh800m.

"Tens of hundreds of locals have been waiting for three to four years to get electricity," said Dr Abdul Raheem al Shaheen, a member from Ras al Khaimah. "How can an agency have a surplus of close to Dh1bn and nationals do not have electricity in their homes?"

Several bodies that fall under the Federal Government failed to turn in revenues to the Government, in what one member termed a breach of the Constitution, it was claimed.

These bodies included Dubai Civil Defence, and licensing and traffic departments in Umm al Qaiwain and Ras al Khaimah. Only the capital turned in revenues from traffic fines to the Federal Government, it was said. Emirates other than Abu Dhabi and Dubai still did not contribute to the federal budget - another Constitutional violation, said Dr al Shaheen.

The report warned that several ministries were not spending money allocated for programmes, and criticised the Finance Ministry for not fulfilling its role to oversee federal spending. Tanmia, the UAE's employment agency, invested Dh7m in stocks in India, said Dr al Shaheen. "Tanmia is meant to employ Emiratis, and is not an investment company."

Several bodies such as the foreign, education and health ministries had paid undeserved wages to individuals who no longer worked at these ministries, as well as overpaying some, the report claimed.

Mr al Tayer said the ministry's oversight role was limited to the period before the money was given to federal bodies. But he said the ministry would conduct quarterly reviews of government spending to strengthen oversight.



Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National