Ian Andrews accuses INSPORTS board of victimisation

Ian Andrews accuses INSPORTS board of victimisation

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ian Andrews, the embattled administrative director of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), has further accused the agency’s board directorate of victimisation in addition to earlier charges of “inappropriate behaviour” regarding implementation of “policies and procedures”.

On Monday, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport released a statement that Andrews was suspended as administrative director with immediate effect.

“I honestly believe I am being victimised simply because I did not follow the inappropriate instruction of the board to hire two retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service,” Andrews said in a memo to staff members of INSPORTS.

Lloyd Pommells is the board chairman of INSPORTS.

“The board not only put a lot of effort in undermining my authority at the agency, but also deliberately hindered the process in accessing resources payable to INSPORTS which resulted in the Agency not being able to meet its obligation to its creditors,” Andrews said in a memo to staff obtained by OBSERVER ONLINE.

He explained that in 2007, he was instructed to hire 18 people, which was not included in the budget, resulting in a significant shortfall in salaries.

“This shortfall, which lead to pension contributions not being paid, was communicated to the previous board and the current board.  However, the agency did not receive these funding to make the payments,” the memo said.

Andrews further alleged that remedial action was taken but although it was approved by the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and communicated to the board, the funds were blocked from reaching the agency by the said board.

Meanwhile, he said the correspondence regarding his suspension “did not come from the chairman of the board who I report to directly, in keeping with the corporate governance's policies and procedures”.

Andrews outlined that the reasons stipulated in the correspondence included:

Allegations of him travelling off the island during a period in which he was ill, and the relevant notification submitted and filed.

Deliberate effort to mislead the board regarding the process in him becoming a pension trustee, which he claims is in fact baseless as the stipulated bank was fully responsible for conducting the procedure regarding his appointment as pension trustee.

“These are causes for concern, and as such I will seek Minister (Olivia) Grange's intervention in having the matter of the board's inappropriate behaviour rectified,” Andrews said.

In Monday’s release, the Sport Ministry said that it had been advised by the board of INSPORTS that Andrews had been suspended on the basis of allegations of misconduct. However, no details were given of the allegations, and the ministry said that it would make “no further comment on the matter at this time”.

The release added that Andrews had been suspended with pay, but with immediate effect, pending an investigation. It said he is to hand over all property belonging to INSPORTS to the permanent secretary.

The ministry said it will have oversight of INSPORTS until an acting administrative director is appointed.

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