July 22, 2019
By Regina Pratt
The Internal Auditor at the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM), Ismail Sonkoi Kamara, has last week Thursday told the Justice Bankole Thompson Commission of Inquiry that the total cost of the building project seen at the time of auditing and document presented to them was USD15, 247,834.63.
He made the above disclosure while being led in evidence by State Counsel, Lawyer Robert Kowa.
He was testifying on the internal audit report of the proposed NATCOM building as at 16th April, 2018.
The witness further stated that he reduced his finding into two reports-NB k1-3 and NB L1-7-which were presented as exhibits before the commission.
Testifying at the inquiry, he said there were observations in the (NB) L1-7 report on pages 2-4, stating that the special procurement was not completed because the letter written to the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) was not available for inspection.
Under cross-examination by one of the defence counsels, Lawyer Ady Macauley, the witness reiterated that the total cost for the building contract as per document presented to the audit team was USD15, 247,834.63.
He stated that NATCOMN contracted International Construction Company for the construction of the new headquarters building at South Ridge, Hill Station.
“According to the contract signed with the consultant & S Company, 10% of the total contract fee went to this company as consultancy fee. The consultancy fee is part of the total contract,” he said.
The witness further told the commission that the cost of the project would increase to USD16, 179,599.63 should they add monies expended to the consultant.