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Police probing NSA audit

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed yesterday that he forwarded the auditor general’s report on the National Sports Authority (NSA) to the commissioner of police.

The report, which was tabled in the House of Assembly last week, found, among other things, that contracts issued by the NSA “lacked formalized process and transparency”.

“I would have spoken to the commissioner of police, I would have spoken to the attorney general and I would have spoken to the auditor general, and I informed the commissioner of police that I am sending the report to him so that they can do a proper investigation and deal with the matter appropriately,” Minnis told reporters following the signing of two Inter-American Development Bank loans at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

The report covered the period from July 2011 to December 2017.

Among his findings, Auditor General Terrance Bastian noted that a payment of over $1.1 million to “Company A” was made 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 said that the company had 10 deliverables, none of which were completed.

Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson defended his ministry’s work in an explosive and profanity-laced interview on Star 106 Hits talk show “The Hit Back” with Nahaja Black on Friday.

Johnson accused the auditors of performing their jobs poorly.

He insisted all the necessary paperwork was available to account for the authority’s spending.

“…They’re not good auditors,” Johnson 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.”

Former NSA Chairman LeRoy Archer said last week that he had objected to that contract.

But Johnson said that Archer is simply 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.”

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications
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