Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson accused auditors of performing their jobs poorly following a report on the National Sports Authority (NSA) from Auditor General Terrance Bastian, which found, among other things, that contracts issued by the NSA “lacked formalized process and transparency”.
The report, which was tabled in the House of Assembly last week, covered the period from July 2011 to December 2017.
“If Mr. Bastian feels that there are things that are untoward, then I think that’s fine, and we can answer those questions, but I could defend whatever the hell that is,” Johnson said on Friday on “The Hit Back” with Nahaja Black on Star 106 Hits.
He added, “Every penny can be accounted for.”
He continued, “…Don’t put no nonsense out to the public. You think Danny Johnson might have thief some money? Man, kiss my ass.
“I could make my own money.”
Johnson insisted all the necessary paperwork was available to account for the authority’s spending.
“…They’re not good auditors,” he said.
“When they do their audit properly, all that is there.”
He added, “And we got to get over this thing in The Bahamas. Yinna got to get used to black dudes like me making money of our own.
“You used to white fellas making their own money, but yinna still scared of niggers like me having my own. I ain’t come to take none from y’all. I don’t need none from y’all. We have money.”
The audit report noted a payment of over $1.1 million to “Company A” that the auditor general found was for “services that were never performed”.
“Company A, the one in question, entered into a consultancy agreement with the NSA on May 22, 2015 for a three-year period ending August 22, 2018 at a fixed fee of $40,000 per month and payable in quarterly installments”, the auditor general wrote.
“We noted that the NSA board made recommendation to cancel the company’s service contract in a letter dated May 22, 2017.
“However, the company at this point had already received a total of $1,191,579.91 for services that were never performed.”
The report noted that the company had 10 deliverables, none of which were completed.
Former NSA Chairman LeRoy Archer said last week that he had objected to that contract.
With regard to Archer, Johnson said, “He trying to cover his ass.
“And that’s cool with me. All the brothers who scared, do what you got to do. That doesn’t have anything to do with me and my team.”
Asked why Archer objected to the contract, he said, “He probably didn’t share my vision, which is fine with me. Everyone doesn’t see what I see.”
While he did not name the company in question, Johnson indicated that it was contracted in order to help secure, organize and market events to be hosted at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in an effort to promote sports tourism in the country.
He said, “We took on the largest sports and entertainment company in the world. Why? They have 150 stadia around the world. They put on 3,000 events around the world.
“They are the number one in content, management, marketing, everything else, and they always have a seat at the table. Only about five companies run the whole sports and entertainment business on this whole planet. We got number one.”
Johnson said the company was selected through a fair bidding process, and he strongly refuted claims that the company did not meet any of its deliverables.
“We delivered for five years without stopping the best sports program you could imagine,” he said.
“We had deliverables in the contract, which was to make the facility ready to bring us content, and to bring us management.”
He added, “Events were flawless. The security was perfect. The area was perfect.
“That was the deliverable. The deliverables [were] we are going to host world class events.”
He continued, “[They are] saying they have no deliverables. How I get FIFA to the table?”
Johnson added, “Yinna can’t do nothing to me or say nothing to me to make me feel funny, but I have to answer to my children or grandchildren one day… and I am sure of this.
“We established a sports brand as a global brand to put us and keep us on the world stage… It is a big investment for us.
“We are a small country, but we have the history. We got the location. We got the infrastructure all right.
“Then you hire the best in the world as your consultants. That’s what I did.
“That’s the contract they’re talking about… You see then the coming of age of a world class sporting destination.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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