Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

The National Anti-Corruption Commission main office in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
Updated 28 November 2016
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Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

JEDDAH: The National Anti-Corruption Commission, popularly known as Nazaha, has discovered irregularities in the appointment of a Cabinet minister’s son.
The commission has submitted its findings to the Royal Court.
The investigation was launched following complaints on social media alleging corruption in the hiring of the son of the minister of civil service.
The complainants alleged abuse of power on the part of the minister in having his son hired by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
In a statement on Sunday, Nazaha said its findings indicated that the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry had failed to abide by royal orders to attract and hire talented people.
“With regard to the appointment of the minister’s son, the anti-corruption body has found that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs did sign a contract with the person concerned, but failed to abide by some of the control and regulatory conditions set out in Royal Order No. 34807,” the statement said.
The irregularities included the failure of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to coordinate with the Ministry of Civil Service to determine the salary and to ensure proportionality with professional expertise and specialization. 
The salary should be according to corresponding remuneration in the job market. In addition, the procedures for medical examinations were not completed and there was a failure to comply with the specified age for hiring which is at least 33.
According to what has been monitored by the body on social media, and the information available to Nazaha, the commission expanded the scope of investigation to include other contracts implemented by several ministries. It has found that 10 ministries have failed to abide by one or more of the regulatory controls and conditions for hiring.


Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

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Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.