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JCSA moves for dissolution of INSPORTS board

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 1:00 AMLivingston Scott
Robert Chung, first vice-president, Jamaica Civil Service Association.

Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) First Vice-President Robert Chung says it is moving for a dissolution of the board of directors at the Don Anderson-led Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).

Chung says the INSPORTS board's refusal to restore administrative director Ian Andrews' signing power, despite instructions from the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance, plus continued breaches in the said matter, has forced its hand, and it has started putting its case together.

He also said the board is yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing by Andrews, whose authority was unconstitutionally downgraded.

"We have started to put together our case that the Government dissolves the board. There is nothing else we can do as a union, but put forward our case to say these are the things that we are seeing and that they are in breach of the public-sector governance, so we are asking that the board be dissolved and a new board put in place because something has to give," Chung informed The Gleaner.

"There will be review of the material this Friday ... . We have to cross the t's and dot the i's when it comes to the legal requirements," he noted. "It takes a little time to do that, maybe another week, as we have to be sure of what we are doing, as we are not making any mistakes. We have solid grounds and the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) does not move until we have solid grounds," he stated.

INSPORTS is in a bind because of the impasse.

Staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.

Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.

compensation

Only recently, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.

In separate interviews pertaining to both issues, Anderson declined to comment directly, noting that he would be careful in his assessment.

In the meantime, Chung said the board has stepped out of bounds.

"... We are seeing that the board is doing some things that are in breach of government policy in dealing with public entities and there is nothing before for us to represent him (Andrews) on. And a public entity (INSPORTS) is not able to function properly and give the Jamaican people what they are paying for," he divulged.

"Here is an organisation that is supposed to develop sports at the grassroots level ... because Jamaica is doing very well in sports and we want to be able to continue that and the only way we can continue that is to have an organisation like this (INSPORTS) performing effectively and efficiently.

"This (board's action) is killing the tree from the root," he said.