By PAUL G TURNQUEST
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the National Insurance Board, Gregory Moss, The Tribune understands.
Well-placed sources confirmed that the letter from the Office of the Prime Minister has been sent to Mr Moss’s office in Grand Bahama.
If Mr Moss does not answer the letter by the end of the day, The Tribune understands that the Minister with responsibility for National Insurance, Shane Gibson, will be forced to fire Mr Moss, who also serves at the PLP’s Member of Parliament for Marco City.
This move comes after Mr Moss published a press statement on his Facebook page where he hit out at the Prime Minister, stating that he did in fact still have the NIB issued credit card that Mr Christie had assured the public he no longer had.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Minister Gibson said that he was “extremely disappointed” when he read Mr Moss’ comments.
“I had personally instructed Moss not to use the credit card and I had informed the Prime Minister that he no longer had use of the credit card.
"I think the only difference was that he never turned it in, but he was instructed not to use it until after the forensic audit at NIB”.
Mr Gibson said he was also distressed by Mr Moss’ remarks as the chairman was instructed to avoid speaking on the matter by a court injunction taken out and agreed to by NIB’s now suspended Director Algernon Cargill.
“So when you look at that, and the forensic audit it would be totally inappropriate for him to speak to that.”
Mr Gibson said that he has since instructed the National Insurance Board to cancel both credit cards that the Board has until they can properly develop a “policy of credit card use” for them at NIB.
With Mr Moss’ impending resignation, and the fact that the Board’s Director is on suspension, Mr Gibson assured the public that NIB’s day-to-day functions will not be hampered.
“The day to day running of the Board is done and supervised by the management. The Board of directors met once a month. The day-to-day is done by the executives and the staff at NIB. Moss was not an executive chairman,” he said.
Mr Gibson said he will not be stepping in to play a larger roll with the Board at this time saying it was “unnecessary” for him to do so.
When contacted by The Tribune yesterday, Mr Moss said that he had “absolutely nothing to say” on the matter.
However, in his statement on Tuesday, he said: "My conscience is clear as is my resolution that should it ever be determined that my services as Chairman of NIB are no longer required, then it will be my honour to continue to serve the people of Marco City and the wider Bahamas from my seat in Parliament."
Up until press time last night, the government had yet to release a statement on Mr Moss.