Commission of Inquiry

Director of Sports unaware of over Le324m NASSIT debt

July 19, 2019

By Jariatu S. Bangura

Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Dr. Kenneth Brima, has told the Commission of Inquiry that he was not aware about the over Le324million National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) contributions debt owed by the Stadium Management for staff from September 2008 to 2018.

He said when he took over in 2018 with no handing over note from his predecessor, he was aware that the management has to pay NASSIT, but not the said amount.

“Although there was no handing over note when I took over from my predecessor, but I know there were some challenges at the Management in the payment of salaries to staff. I am not really aware of the amount stated although I know they really have to pay NASSIT,” he said.

Dr. Kanu stated that when he took over, he did promise the staff that he will recommend for government to employ them in order for them to be paid directly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund rather than the management account.

He told the commission that prior to this time, Stadium Management used to have Finance Unit, but of late, that unit was now controlled by the Accountant of the Ministry of Sports.

He said whenever there is a sporting activity, a budget is sent to him, which he would minute to the Permanent Secretary for the attention of the Minister for further transactions.

He admitted that the Management faces lot of challenges due to the fact that they raise revenue for themselves through the renting of their facilities.

He corroborated the General Manager of Stadium Management’s testimony by noting that there were occupants that did not pay rents, citing Chinese Technical Team and the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

He also added that the Chinese Technical Team was doing maintenance on the National Stadium, thus applauding them for their effort.

When asked as to whether the 10% that was earlier stated by the General Manager (Paul Damulay) was payment for the maintenance to the Chinese, the witness denied knowledge of the said payment.

“The Chinese are on contract with the Government of Sierra Leone and I know they are being paid by the government, but they are not paying for the facility they occupy. I cannot tell if the 10% that is meant for maintenance is used to pay them,” he stated.