DHB Manager approved purchase of $897,000 bracelet for himself as gift in 2019
An investigation originally launched into a racket at the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) Asphalt Plant at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara has made other alarming findings.
Among the findings are that the DHB General Manager Rawlston Adams authorized the purchase of an $897,000 gold bracelet for himself as a gift.
According to lead investigator Chateram Ramdihal, the gift was purchased in November 2019 for the International Men’s Day celebration where the Corporation bought gifts for staff without the approval of the Board of Directors.
Ramdihal said the purchase was authorized by Adams himself, although in the normal course of things approval should have come from the Board.
He said the Board had made a specific request for any gifts being bought to be approved at the Board level but in this instance, this was not done.
“The normal approval for this limit should have been done by the Board and if there is no Board then it should have been escalated to the subject minister,” he added.
The report which includes this among other findings was handed over to the Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill on Wednesday.
Edghill said he intends to convene a special meeting of the Board where these issues will be discussed after which action will be taken where necessary.
The report will be made public later today.