Lionel Wordsworth has consistently been involved in fraud and corruption over the years as CEO of National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. A few highlights below. This led to his contract not being renewed by the current APNU AFC government. It might come as a surprise to some that Lionel Wordsworth is on a Guyana government delegation to Oklahoma!
The PPP tyranny – NDIA most recent exampleJust take the issue of corruption in the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), which coincidentally (or not) falls under the very Minister Ramsammy. Over two years ago, in mid-2009, Kaieteur News investigated the purchase of a home for G$60M that it was able to link to Lionel Wordsworth, the CEO of the NDIA. Initially, Wordsworth attempted to distance himself on the basis of his wife having used her maiden name to make the purchase. Kaieteur News then proved, via a letter from the Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL), that Lionel’s words were worthless. However, in keeping with what we have become accustomed to, and of course, in stark contrast to Minister Ramsammy’s statement, the PPP did nothing, absolutely nothing.
Now fast forward to today. The internal auditors of the NDIA issued a damning report on system lapses and abuse that directly implicated none other than Wordsworth and the Senior Section Engineer (SSE).
Wordsworth denies financial impropriety in missing $200MNational Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) head Lionel Wordsworth is denying that there is any financial impropriety involved in $200 million being unaccounted for, as investigations continue and the two officials embroiled in the mismanagement of the money remain off the job.
Kaieteur News. October 14, 2012: An audit report on the operations of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has recommended the
immediate dismissal of the entity’s boss Lionel Wordsworth and the Senior Section Engineer, Aneel Chowbay, after several instances of fraud and conflict of interest were unearthed.
Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) illegally, breaching the procurement act instead of utilizing the open tendering process which would have enabled the NDIA to pay a competitive price for the contracted service.
The auditors also expressed the opinion that 99 per cent of fuel delivery was not emergencies as stated in the NPTAB’S letter of requests by Lionel Wordsworth for approval of such contracts.
“These acts of sole sourcing were deliberate, fraudulent and in breach of the procurement act,” the report stated.
Accounts clerk buys $60 MILLION house
Tongues were set wagging in the housing when a woman, who up to last year was an accounts clerk attached to the Guyana Oil Company, bought a home for $60 million in Bel Air Park