President calls on more ministries to earn WTP status

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is keen to witness more ministries or institutions earning the Unqualified Opinion (WTP) status from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).

Jokowi made the statement during the Investigation Report event for releasing the 2016 Central Government Monetary Report (LKPP) at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Tuesday.

To this end, the head of state has instructed every institution to form a special task force in a bid to receive the WTP rating from BPK.

“I want every ministry or institution to set up a task force, so that in future, this will be a necessity, which in fact is supposed to be a clear requirement to receive the WTP rating. This is our obligation to wisely utilize the money of the people and state,” the president emphasized.

On the other hand, Jokowi also lauded the central government for its efforts in earning the WTP status from the BPK in the 2016 LKPP.

The WTP rating was earned by the central government for the first time in the last 12 years.

“Thankfully, after 12 years, for the first time, the central government has received the WTP rating from the Indonesian BPK for the 2016 LKPP. This is the result of our hard work and efforts made by the ministries and all institutions so far while using the peoples money,” he remarked.

On the occasion, BPK Head Moermahadi Soerja Djanegara also revealed that 73 State Ministries/Institutions Monetary Report (LKKL) and one Public State Treasurer Report received the WTP rating.

These figures reach 84 percent, a rise from 65 percent recorded last year.

Moreover, eight LKKL received the “Qualified Opinion” (WDP) status, and six others received the “Disclaimer,” or TMP status.

The president has urged those ministries and institutions that received the WDP and TMP ratings to bring about changes immediately.

The Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Womens Empowerment and Child Protection, National Family Planning Coordinating Board, National Election Commission, and Geospatial Information Agency received the WDP status.

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, National Commission on Human Rights, State Ministry for Youth and Sports Affairs, Public Broadcasting Agency TVRI, Maritime Security Agency, and Creative Industry Agency earned the TMP status.

“Next years target is that every institution or ministry should receive the WTP status. No Disclamer and not even WDP; this is our obligation for managing the peoples money,” Jokowi emphasized while urging the ministries to take the matter more seriously.

“The essence of the governments accountability is its moral responsibility towards the people. The money should be utilized fully for the people, and they must feel the benefits. No one may play around with the peoples money,” he added.

Source: Antara News