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Anti-Corruption Unit probing NSA report

The auditor general’s report on the National Sport Authority (NSA) has been forwarded to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said yesterday.

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”.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said he intended to give the commissioner the report so police can “do a proper investigation and deal with the matter appropriately”.

When asked yesterday if he received the report, Ferguson said, “Oh, yes, that is in [the] possession of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. I received it and I’ve assigned it to the Anti-Corruption Unit for investigations.”

He said he received the document “the same day the prime minister indicated that he would turn it over”.

Asked about the lengthy investigation times for some white collar crimes, the commissioner said, “We have to have patience, that’s all I will say. You have to have patience. Thoroughness is very important to this Royal Bahamas Police Force.

“We don’t jump to conclusions. When we do an investigation, we’re going to have a proper investigation done and so we will continue to live by our mandate.”

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.

Last week, Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson accused the auditors of performing their jobs poorly, asserting that “they’re not good auditors”.

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis has described the report as “a stretch”.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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