A senior official in support of a Commission of Inquiry into the controversial Life Sport Programme

by | Oct 7, 2016


Former Minister of Sport Anil Roberts

The controversial LifeSport Programme which existed under the previous People’s Partnership Government and was deemed a

brainchild of then Minister of Sport Anil Roberts was revisited Thursday with the head of one company who was paid $34 million for

service to the programme claiming he never had talks with the Minister on any aspect of the programme.

President and Chief Executive Officer of EBEAM Internet Limited, Adolphus Daniel, admitted being in receipt of $34 million dollars

on an agreement between his company and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago for the implementation of the literacy,

numeracy and integrated technology components of the Life Sport Programme.

The agreement was entered into December 6th 2012 with the Sports Company issuing to eBeam a 17-million dollar cheque in June

2013 and another for the same amount in March 2014.

While acknowledging receipt of the sums, the e-Beam boss admitted that actual implementation of the stated components for the

programme was baulked.

The Report of the Auditor General on the Public Accounts of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the Financial Year 2013,

pointed to discrepancies in the programme, an audit was commissioned and the report which pointed out discrepancies on a large

scale was laid in Parliament.

LifeSport-logoThen Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar also instructed that the report be sent to the Acting of Commissioner of Police, the

Integrity Commission, the Head of the Public of the Service and the DPP for consideration.

The Programme was also moved to control from the Ministry of Sport to the Ministry of national security and with public and private

pressure continuing to mount on the findings of misappropriation in the audited report, Roberts submitted his resignation as Sports

Minister and it was accepted.

e-Beam CEO told a Media Conference at the Hyatt in Port of Spain today about his association with Mr Roberts.

The E-Beam Internet head re-iterated that this was indeed so.

Mr Daniel said then Ministry of Sport official Ruth Marchan was a person of interest in his attempt to meet with the Minister.

eBeam Interact CEO Daniel told the Media he would welcome a commission of inquiry into the operations of the programme,

outlining an occasion when caterers were providing service.