The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has handed over EC$100, 000.00 to the Spice Mas Corporation (SMC) to assist with the staging of Carnival 2012.
The authority on Tuesday presented the cheque through the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lingham Samuel to Chief Executive Officer of the corporation, Jennifer Woodroffe.
During the brief ceremony, Samuel announced that next year’s contribution to SMC will be bigger than what is given this years.
The NLA was set up primarily to contribute to the development of sports, culture and nation building in Grenada.
Samuel said that authority would like to make the partnership existing between the two state bodies become a living organism so that all aspects of carnival can become successful.
He stressed that NLA would like to see SMC get involved in development initiatives such as workshops and seminars which the Authority will support as part of a commitment to build on the partnership.
Samuel used the occasion to address recent allegations of sexual harassment at the authority by a senior member of staff.
Last month, Attorney-at-Law, Ian Sandy and Pastor Gerald Keens Douglas were appointed to investigate the allegations.
The inquiry came days after the powerful Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) took to the Carenage, St George, in protest action demanding for justice for affected NLA workers.
TAWU called for the immediate suspension of the alleged perpetrator, and other members of the Board of Directors.
The individual at the centre of the controversy was asked to proceed on leave for the duration of the inquiry.
According to Samuel, despite negative publicity which engulfed the NLA as a result of the allegation, the Authority was still able to see increases in sales, as well as pay out more prizes and engage in more game draws.
He conceded that the allegations resulted in a level of distraction and unsavory painting of individuals and the Authority itself, which is not good for business but assured all that the NLA Board of Directors, is focused on progress and is not concentrating on the negatives.
Samuel said that the NLA has seen a significant increase in business and assured the corporation that the authority would continue to give 100% support to its development.
In response, Woodroffe welcomed the assistance and NLA’s commitment to support the development of initiatives geared at making the Spice Mas Corporation a success.
“The development of carnival must happen and it’s good to know that NLA is behind us,” she said.
Woodroffe noted that SMC, previously known as the Grenada Carnival Committee, has always been thankful to the Lottery Authority even at times when they (NLA) were not recognised for their contributions and support.
The SMC Executive Officer promised to ensure that the money received would be used to pay subventions to carnival stakeholders.
Acting Manager of NLA, Damian Darbeau attended the cheque presentation ceremony that took place at the Grenada National Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s.