Minister of Infrastructure Development Julius Espat has ordered several audits and inventory assessments on the government’s assets since taking office in November. This week Minister Espat via The Morning Show gave an update on what the exercise has been like in getting a thorough report on the assets.
Hon. Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “Government didn’t have a clue as to what they owned so they couldn’t give you a report and say alright these are the amount of vehicles, these are the amount of computers, nobody knew which I believe is a shame. So we had to start from scratch, we had to build up that inventory of our assets and I think we now in the Ministry of Infrastructure we have that inventory in place. By going through that process of analyzing what we owned we found out we owned but we don’t have certain equipment and then we started to send out the message all through the country ‘listen to me we need to get back our equipment.’ And so we have gotten back quite a substantial amount of equipment. We’ve gotten back bulldozers, we have gotten back graders, not one but many. We have gotten back backhoes.”
Troy Gabb, Host, The Morning Show: “You got the one that went to Guatemala ? You haven’t gotten that one yet huh ?
Hon. Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “If it was the one that was right before the border we got it back. We have gotten back vehicles. I mean incredible. We have gotten back lawnmowers, we have gotten back. I mean it’s an incredible amount of assets that we’ve managed to get back. We got back a road patching machine that was here in Belize City that was abandoned for twelve years. So the asset recovery within the Ministry I believe is about maybe 90-95% completed. Now those equipment that we got back about maybe 20% of them are functional and so those equipment we now have in garages throughout the country getting repaired. So you’re looking at million dollar equipment that need maybe $20,000 repairs and then they can come back and work again and that’s what we’re looking at. So with the recovery of the assets I think we’re fine within the ministry.”