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NIA – nothing to hide!

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

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, Conti-nental Baking Company, FLOW Jamaica, Jamaica National, and GraceKennedy, 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, co-sponsoring 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.

Dr Patrece Charles and 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 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.

TREVOR MUNROE

Executive Director, NIA