Nassau, Bahamas — Shane Gibson asked Hubert Ingraham in the House today, if he was aware that two members of NIB had resigned from the Board and was awarded handsome contracts immediately following their resignations having knowledge of what was being executed by the Board.
Prime Minister who is responsible for NIB responded only saying: “I have a meeting with the Chairman of NIB at 5pm today.” Ingraham said nothing more as he sat in his seat.
Bahamas Press alleges former board members were granted attractive contracts by NIB having full knowledge of pending business discussed by the Board, which were to be executed by NIB.
Here’s what we know.
BP alleges, Winston Rolle, a former Director of National Insurance Board, who was an advocate against the National Health Insurance, has gotten his payday.
We further allege, Rolle who was appointed a Director to the Board, as payment for his role in opposing the implementation of National Health Insurance has now received his second payback.
Rolle was sent to Jamaica to assist with the negotiations for the computer software and company for the National Drug Plan. Reports are Rolle has not only negotiated for NIB but mainly for himself.
Since he has been greased, he has now handed in his resignation and has received the full blessings of a contract issued by Algernon Cargill and Philip Ward.
Rolle is now the lead Bahamian in a partnership for (Advanced Integrated Systems) AIS, Jamaica. The company was awarded the Systems contract by NIB.
Additionally, we are advised, that Cargill has arranged for the rental of one of his cousin’s apartment for the AIS consultants of the drug plan in Sandyport. The Board we know is also paying for the rental.
Bahamas Press can also confirm, Philip Kemp, is the second board member of NIB who we know has received a contract from the Board having knowledge of its full workings.
Kemp resigned from NIB and was later issued a sub-contract from Telco Enterprises at the Sandilands facility being funded by NIB. The contract has cost the taxpayers of the Bahamas a whopping $8 million.
Last year the Prime Minister told Parliament following scandals emanating from NIB that: “I will read what they say. I will listen to what they say, and I will speak after that.”
Shane Gibson and PLP strongman Philip ‘Brave’ Davis called for a probe into NIB last year as they exposed in Parliament the SCANDALOUS squander of public money at the Board.
However, despite the exposed litany of abuses of public money at NIB, the Prime Minister has yet to honour his word and speak to the matter or answer claims of SQUANDER unfolding.
Now we read news of further questions, where contacts were given directly to former board members.
Bahamas Press demands a public commission to investigate the SCANDALOUS OPERATIONS at NIB. INCLUDING THE CONTRACTS TO KENUTH Knowles, PORKY DORSETT, IRAM LEWIS, Charlton Morley AND Jeffery LLOYD, just to name a few.
We believe these latest events are blatant conflicts of interest and represent an assault on the backs of the Bahamian people; many of whom cannot collect a dime from NIB.
We again ask for the resignation of NIB director Algernon Cargill.