More abuse, conflict of interest and corruption at BTC?

8
7034
Julian Francis, another one of Papa's ill-fated misfits.

Today we ask questions about how Cable & Wireless’s (C&W) former employee Howard Mason was hired by the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC).

Highly reliable sources deep within BTC have advised that a Bahamian woman formerly held the position of Acting Chief Information Officer (ACIO). Our sources also advised that her performance was impeached without justification.

The Chief Information Officer position, like others, recently advertised by C&W, was advertised in England.

·        Is it true that Executive Chairman, Julian W Francis instructed Senior BTC Executives to advertise the Chief Information Officer position in England?

·        Is it true that Julian Francis instructed the search committee to hire Mr. Howard Mason as a consultant?

The said Howard Mason was then surprisingly elevated to the position of CIO and became a member of the executive management team. We know that Howard Mason was a former employee of C&W.

·        Is it true that the Chairman instructed Senior Executives to place the Bahamian ACIO elsewhere in the company?
We know that a new position of Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) was created. We know that the Bahamian woman who previously held the position ACIO was appointed to a lesser position of DCIO.

PLP Chairman, Bradley Roberts

·        Is it true that under Howard Mason that an additional contract was awarded to an English billing Vendor at a cost of $3 Million?

·        Has the flaws in the new billing system been repaired and if not, why not?

·        Is it true that under Howard Mason the outstanding service orders have grown from 5,000 to 11,000?

·        Is BTC getting value for money with the engagement of Howard Mason?

Our sources tell us that Howard Mason brags to them about his inside knowledge of intimate details of the sales agreement with C&W, including  that the new CEO for BTC will come from Jamaica, when the agreement would have been executed, which Bahamian executives will stay and who will be fired.

We have already pointed out that conflict of interest that Julian Francis has with Providence Advisors and Mango.

We have already pointed out that KPMG are the external auditors of C&W and are advisors to the financial and regulatory advisors to the BTC privatization committee.

We have already pointed out that Higgs and Johnson; the law firm where the Attorney General was Managing Partner are the lawyers for the Privatization Committee.

BTC and the government have admitted that C&W did not participate in the bidding process and when the MOU was signed, C&W did not submit a business plan.

The Nassau Guardian has pointed out that under Julian Francis internationally accepted rules of good corporate governance are being violated.

Is this what life will be like at BTC with the soon to come English masters from C&W? How long will BTC be ravaged and pillaged by special interests and the old boys club?

We again call for Julian Francis to be fired.

Enough is enough.

  • WHAT I DONT LIKE IS..EVERYTIME WE CATCH THIS ADMINSTRATION WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN THEY BRING UP THE PAST AND TRY TO CONFUSE BAHAMAINS..SO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT C&W WAS FORMED MONTHS BEFORE THE SIGNING OF THE MOU..PAPA MENTIONED THAT BLUEWATER WAS FORMED NINE MONTHS BEFORE THE FORMER ADMINSTRATION SIGNED THE MOU WITH THEM..BUT I ASK WHATS THE DIFFERENCE..MY MY WHEN IS THE POT GONNA STOP CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK..

  • FNM members can start packing their bags….8 seats will be won by them in 2012. Hubert always do some dumb things at the end of his of year term. His members are all spineless and refuse to voice their opinions on matters which the Bahamian people are so concerned about but they will pay the price.

  • eyeopener

    yes we are finally made to know how mrs dawkins was stabbed in the back ,we need to know more about btc
    vp of marketing also being on cable and wireless payroll,mr bernard evans can verify this if he wants to or you can listen to the cries of btc employees on the street.

  • OK truth be told , if u add sugar to that Lime , it go only turn bitter. Everyone here including B Roberts here is certainly correct. CW formed 12 months ago, with several shareholder that were told that there annual dividends payout would be delayed until 3rd quater of this 2011 fiscal year, hmmmmm coinsidence. The Minister Of Finance in Jamaica , her last name is certainly SHAW, hmmm are Lime and Lady Shaw related , are they husband and wife? Is this a personal venture for Mr Shaw , as he is being backed by a very financial powerful woman. Do Lady Shaw and Minister Laing share the same interest, Im sure he has met her before. I smell rat and the Lime aint cutting the scent.

  • Hound you Barking up the RIGHT Tree!!! Too many coincidences and the explanations aint adding up!!! Remember now CWC was formed in March 2010; so February is a ‘High Month’ for the ‘green lizard’ to do their best to seal a deal before their fiscal year runs out. Ads are daily being blasted in two morning Newspaper that are designed to ‘seduce’ the populace into accepting this ‘bogus’ deal. Well I don’t care how much ‘sugar’ they put in LIME………it still SOUR!!!

  • We continue to down play our own. Mr Mason makes over six figures easily in salaries, he lives in a condo over paradise island that BTC is paying for. So can you imagine when the others arrived, “look what you gonna get when you tired of what you gat”.

  • The only reason the Ingraham administration has not dropped Julian Francis, is they believe (quite rightly), that to do so would give more ammunition to opponents of the BTC giveaway. He is a disaster!!! Is it not strange though that the Foreign National Movement which had shunned Cable & Wireless just a short time ago only embraced Cable & Wireless after the Aga Khan became entenched in our islands? It has been observed that the Aga Khan and Cable & Wireless are each in their own right major shareholders in the same European communications entity. Do you believe in coincidences? I dont. If the opposition wishes to be taken seriously, they do have the option of publically warning C&W that should the PLP win, they would void the agreement. That would really gum up things because C&W’s shareholders might then insist that its Board exercises caution until after the election.

  • It is about time that someone spoke about this becasue everything around BTC seems to be a hush hush deal. Those who walk around there “brown nosing” had better take a better whif of what they are smelling becasue it wont be PLP or FNM call on whether or not they keep their jobs. There are many many unskilled personel in BTC holding top positions and leave the skilled persons struggling to make a dollar out of 50 cents.

    Howard Mason came in as an advisor and was made VP in less than 6 months of the IT Department which was previously held by Nicky Dawkins, Living on P.I. with a rent in excess of $10,000 per month. When will the madness stop? When there is nothing left for anyone to get? I wonder when this will be…………….