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Jack: Censure Roberts

By DARCEL CHOY Saturday, July 26 2014

CHAGUANAS West MP Jack Warner is calling for a forensic audit, a criminal investigation and for Sport Minister Anil Roberts to be censured in relation to allegations of financial corruption in the Life Sport Programme (LSP).

He made this call both at a press conference yesterday morning and during debate on a private motion on the Life Sport Programme in Parliament.

At the press conference which was held at Independent Liberal Party headquarters, Edward Street, Port-of-Spain, Warner presented several documents to members of the media showing invoices from several companies sent to the Ministry of Sport for various works done for the programme.

Warner said when the programme was launched in 2012, he was the feature speaker and he told the young men it will bring them a sense of hope. “Today I want to apologise to those young men because the programme has brought them a sense of shame. If ever there was a feeding frenzy, the Life Sport Programme was it,” he said.

He said, after going through the documents, which he received from officials within the Ministry of Sport, it suggested that to hit the jackpot, one had to be in the programme.

“Don’t play Lotto, play Life Sport,” he said.

Warner disclosed that for the year ending September 2013, the programme spent $150.5 million while for the year up to May 2014, they have spent $136 million. He said the owners of several of the companies that did work for the programme became “overnight millionaires”.

He noted that one company, DC Tent Rentals, which was not a registered company, received $105,000 for rentals of two port-a- cool units, one port-a-hand sink, four portable toilets, two 20 by 20 tents, 20 ft sidewalls for the month of June.

“There is overbilling by over 50 percent on this. We checked and we found that for a port-a- cool tent for one month, the figure is $18,000, their figure is $36,000. For a hand sink, it should be $1,000, their figure is $6,000. The toilets, that is $2,800, here is $12,000,” he said.

Another company, Dustbin Divers Maintenance Crew, which registered on May 1, 2013 had the same Post Office box as another company, Going Out Events, who also did work for the programme.

Warner said Dustbin Divers provided transportation for one day to the Ato Boldon Stadium at a cost of $55,385. They also refurbished, upgraded and serviced the electrical wiring at 16 Life Sport centres at a cost of $369,000

“In many ways what I am telling you here I am responsible for. In many ways I put these guys in office but it wasn’t to do this to the country,” he said.

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