Senior Manager laments ‘catch me if you can’ attitude of UL’s divisions


By Rathindra Kuruwita

Senior Manager Group Assurance and Advisory Services of Sri Lankan Mahesh Nanayakkara, yesterday, lamented the lack of support from various departments at SriLankan Airlines for its internal auditors

Giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka, he said that most departments had adapted a ‘catch me if you can’ attitude.

"This sometimes ensures that we don’t know the full story and it’s too late to change what has been implemented," he said.

Nanayakkara said that prior to Emirates taking over the airline, its procurement process had been stringent as it was centralized. However in a bid to speed up decision-making process, Emirates management decentralised the procurement process.

"Now, the problem is that there are about 15 persons in charge of procurement and they all follow different processes. Although there is a procurement manual, the degree to which it is followed varies and we must think of making them sign a compliance agreement," he said.

Nanayakkara also said that Kuma Stickers, that handled most of the hoardings for SriLankan Airlines, ignored certain conditions of the agreement it had signed with the airline.

"For example they were to obtain an insurance cover of Rs 10 million for all the hoardings they had installed for us. There is a possibility that these hoardings can collapse and cause damage to people and property. Since we don’t want to cover such costs from our accounts we asked Kuma Stickers to take an insurance cover for third party liability," he said.

However instead of taking a Rs 10 million insurance, aggregating all hoardings, Kuma Stickers obtained Rs. 100,000 coverages for six of its hoardings.

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