Nassau, Bahamas — Dark clouds are hovering over the National Insurance Board today with flashes of lighting and thunder like conditions approaching all around. A weeklong probe at the nation’s premier social security institution by Bahamas Press continues with telling revelations.
Sources at the National Insurance Board now tell us management has been scurrying around up and down the building in an attempt to put information in lock-down, cautioning staff not go to the route of sharing information with members of the media and warning them if they proceed to do, they would have committed a criminal offense.
NIB should not put its business on the street nor would it been there had they found justifiable reasons to fire several executives during the summer who now know the Board’s dirty spending secrets.
Today, Bahamas Press ventures into another charge of money squandering by the Board’s management team.
Last week the former minister with responsibility for NIB, Shane Gibson, further charged the Board paid $7,000 per session to a trainer for training services to its employees. Gibson said, “Even though there is a training officer at NIB, I was advised that NIB paid someone $7,000.00 per session for 23 sessions of training, which could have been done in-house.”
In a failed attempt to respond to Gibson’s claims, director at NIB Algernon Cargill responded saying, “NIB has always employed external trainers as and when needed. As for the astronomical sums quoted, I can simply say that it is incorrect. I know of no one who was paid anywhere near the sums quoted and consider that NIB obtained considerable value for money through the engagement of an external trainer and can already see the benefits of this exercise as we continue to transform NIB into a more customer friendly and efficient organization.”
Moreover, Cargill in a round-a-bout way confirmed that training did take place. Bahamas Press can now confirm training did indeed take place for staff at NIB. Newly elected council to the Bahamas Bar and radio talk show host, Jeffery Lloyd, is indeed the person who carried out those questionable training exercises.
Therefore, we again ask the Prime Minister and minister with responsibility for NIB the following questions;
- What was the exact amount paid to Lloyd for the 23 sessions for training at NIB?
- What kind of training did Lloyd provide to NIB employees that justified the alleged hefty $7,000 per session payout by The Board?
- Was the alleged contract amount of $161,000 allegedly paid to Lloyd ‘Hush Money’ following the closure of the Youth Service programme, he assisted in organizing down in Andros?
Readers would remember the “good deacon” was intricately involved with the National Youth Programme in Andros.
Lloyd is/was the director of a Catholic Church-sponsored programme called YEAST, which was involved in a joint-ventured programme labelled the National Youth Service Restorative Programme. The programme graduated 41 boys after nine months of intensive training on Andros. And was to conclude with another 100 of our misguided delinquent youth (males between 12 and 19) to be enrolled in the YEAST programme following the graduation. However, the Ingraham laid the Youth Service idea on the chopping board like the woodsman holding his axe and chopped the programme away into the shed with his dastard STOP, CANCEL and REVIEW POLICY.
So much for the young people ‘Papa Doc’ claims love so dearly.
Lloyd we know never whispered a word following the government’s cancellation of the programme and now we know why.
Whilst the young men needed guidance and direction, Lloyd’s Catholic buddy and NIB director Cargill was getting greased to keep his tongue in his head. Lloyd never lashed a line of rebuke against the government for the cancellation of the programme as NIB and its now shaky director doled out thousands of the people’s money to keep him quiet. Boy, even the deacons could be bought in this town…
Bahamas Press continues our probe into NIB tomorrow, when our finding will take us to Abaco in Winding Bay.