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Jan 17, 2020

DPM Faber Speaks on Damning NSC Audit

Patrick Faber

Deputy Prime Minister Faber says he was the one who commissioned an audit of the National Sports Council when both previous junior ministers demitted office.  Those ministers of state also included Herman Longsworth who has now taken up an appointment as Consul General in New York.  The audit report indicates that he too was involved in questionable cash transactions.  While he will be called in by the Prime Minister to answer to those charges, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams will also be tasked to investigate any criminal wrongdoing in respect of the findings of the Auditor General.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Sports

“The audit of the National Sports Council was commissioned by myself and my ministry when it was that we lost our ministers of state because, as you know, the ministry, I think, was put under my care maybe in 2012, after the 2012 elections and we always had a minister of state who assumed the responsibilities of the portfolios of Youth and Sports and then eventually Youth, Sports and Culture.  And so, when it was that I was the minister with direct guidance over the Sports Council, that was when I commissioned the Auditor General or asked the Auditor General to come on to do that audit.  So I want to make that very clear and there are findings in there that of course will be discussed now that it’s tabled here in the House of Representatives and it will go to the Public Accounts Committee and those matters will be discussed.  But you know that in response to the Auditor General’s position and this is one of those rare cases when in fact they allowed for us to make a response to the findings.  Certainly you saw an instance in there where I was asked or I was told that one of the directors indicated that they had given me five thousand dollars for some education program for Collet.”

 

Reporter

“The Collet School Program”

 

Patrick Faber

“Which is a back to school program which is ridiculous because…”

 

Reporter

“The check was written in November, sir.”

 

Patrick Faber

“Well see…”

 

Reporter

“Before elections…”

 

Patrick Faber

“…and that check was cashed and then the cash was given… No, I’m not into that kind of thing.  Everybody knows that and in fact, if we wanted to do some kind of back to school initiative that would have come.”

 

Reporter

“But Mr. Henry says he gave you the money.”

 

Patrick Faber

“But I am telling you, as is in the report, because we were given a chance, in fact the auditors visited with me prior to writing up the report and asked me what is my position and that position is reflected as I said to you yesterday in the report itself.  So that is my position as it relates to that one little portion that in fact directly involved me, but at that time I am sure that all know that in fact while I was the substantive minister, a minister of state presided over the affairs of the National Sports Council.”

 

Reporter

“And that Minister of State has also been implicated in significant wrongdoing, the suggestion is breaking the Prevention of Corruption in  Public Life Act, going against that.”

 

Patrick Faber

“And you’ve heard the prime minister’s position on that that he will in fact be speaking to the former minister of state and then of course the matter will be properly ventilated in the Public Accounts Committee should the chairman ever get to the point where he will call a meeting.”


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