Ecuador announced on Tuesday, with the help of the United Nations Organization (UN), is auditing five major oil works, promoted by former President Rafael Correa during his decade of government (2007-2017), whose total value amounts to 5,042 million of dollars.
“The United Nations and the Ecuadorian State are already carrying out cooperation to review the five major oil projects in the country,” said the private secretary of the Presidency, Juan Sebastián Roldán.
Si nosotros no corregimos los actos de corrupción del pasado, corremos el riesgo de que estos se repitan en el presente y que se multiplique en el futuro. #CarondeletDeCerca pic.twitter.com/89SKYhznbz— juansebastianroldan (@juanseroldan) October 2, 2018
He added that four companies from Spain, the United States and England, endorsed by the UN, began two weeks ago an audit of the works, including the repowering of the main Ecuadorian refinery, to check whether they have “overpriced or some kind of visa corruption “
The five oil projects amount to 5,042 million dollars, according to Roldán.
After taking office in May 2017, the President of the Republic Lenin Moreno asked the UN for help to carry out a “major surgery” on corruption.
Moreno was vice president of Correa between 2007 and 2013, and both maintain a power struggle that led the crisis to the ruling party, which lost control of the National Assembly that it had maintained since 2009.
A civic commission estimated that in Correa’s government, corruption amounted to about 24,742 million dollars.
“The fight is strong, a few took a lot of money and deceived us in the worst way,” Moreno said in September when he presented an anti-corruption bill to recover assets, which includes rewards of up to 20% of what was obtained and protection for the informers
The president then added that in the administration of Correa, who lives in Belgium, “great works were made, important works without a doubt, but unfortunately many of them served to make these few illegally enrich themselves”. (I)