Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday claimed that some of the findings in a recent audit into the National Sports Authority (NSA) were “unbelievable” and “a stretch”.
The report, which was tabled in the House of Assembly last week, covered the period from July 2011 to December 2017.
Davis told The Nassau Guardian, “…To suggest that someone was paid $1 million and did nothing for that $1 million is unbelievable.
“Now, if they said something was done and what was done did not value $1 million, then that’s a matter of subjected view unless it was tested against some other factors which the report does not seem to give.”
While asserting that he believes the audit was politically motivated, Davis said he did believe the report was complete.
“You know, very often the auditors are not shown the entire picture, and, so, they would have been opining on that which was shown to them and whether they had everything before them, when they made this, is questionable with regard to what my information is,” Davis said.
He added: “…When I say I don’t believe it, I’m making my inquiries. I’m doing my inquiries to ensure that the auditors would’ve had all of the information. My inquiries [are] saying that they would have not been provided with all of the particulars of the matters to which they address.”
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.
On Friday, former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson said the audit “lacked formalized process and transparency”.
When asked if he agreed with Johnson, Davis, who served as deputy prime minister during most of the period covered in the audit, said, “Like I said, again, it depends on what was shown to them. I think [Johnson] may be right because he would be more familiar to all the things and if that’s what he said I would have to join him with that.”