NIA – Nothing to Hide! July 10, 2018 The Editor Sir, Assuming your letter-writer “Need to Know” (July 10, 2018) really needs to know about NIA:
Our constitution is our Articles of Association, which is available for public scrutiny at the Companies Office of Jamaica. Our audited financials can be viewed on NIA’s website, or are available at the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies, as NIA is registered under the Charities Act of Jamaica. “How much money is received through contributions” is included in our audited financials. In this regard, NIA is grateful to our partners and sponsors over the years. These are listed separately on our website; namely USAID, the European Union, the Government of Canada through Transparency International, DFID-UK, Continental Baking Company, Flow Jamaica, Jamaica National and Grace Kennedy, among others. Our financials also indicate how funds are spent under categories such as ‘Training and Development’ or ‘Island Citizen Engagement’, which would include among many others, cosponsoring training seminars with the Office of the Chief Justice/Court Management Services; partnership with the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative’s Youth Consultative Conferences and the 10,000 Men and Families March in Spanish Town.
Regarding funds received from Petrojam, on August 9, 2017 following a conversation between our then Civil Society Coordinator and Petrojam, we received the following email from Ronique Budram Ford – Head, Procurement Unit: “As discussed, Petrojam is currently celebrating our company values (Customer Focus, Excellence, Safety, Teamwork, Integrity, etc…) every Month. For the month of September we will be presenting on the value of “Integrity”. With that said, I am requesting kindly your assistance in providing any information, presentation, speech or any idea that we could use to highlight one of our values such as Integrity. Looking forward to your soonest response.” Subsequently, Dr. Patrece Charles and Mr. Omar Lewis addressed Petrojam staff in Kingston and Montego Bay on September 15 and 20, 2017 (respectively). Thereafter, NIA received an unsolicited donation of J$100,000. Such a donation has not, and shall not insulate Petrojam or any other donor from constructive criticism by NIA, if and when principles of transparency, accountability and good governance are violated.
I am, etc. Professor Trevor Munroe Executive Director National Integrity Action