Five senior personnel at the Hughes Security International have resigned because of alleged bad administration at the company.
The five are former managing director James Sesay, Bernadette Gbenda financial director, Cyril Thomas company secretary, Ahmed Kargbo assistant personnel and Mohamed Caulker chief inspector.
Briefing members of the media on their resignation, former managing director James Sesay said the administration was very poor “as an MD my office became an open space and I was not allowed to talk to people privately even if it was personal business, a staff would just bump into my office.”
James Sesay, who is now the managing director of Matrix Protection Agency, disclosed further that, “as a Sierra Leonean I was concerned about the welfare of my brothers as the salary is very low and there is no retirement benefit because the chairman Thomas Glamor Hughes said because he is paying NASSIST he could not afford to give them benefit. As a Sierra Leonean I cannot sit and watch my brothers being treated like slaves while the [financial] benefit goes to a single individual.”
At Hughes Security, he went on, there was lack of control power as the logistics director always acted like the boss. “She tells people when they are going to be dismissed or suspended. Discipline which was to be instituted by me was done by the logistics director because she has a personal relationship with the chairman.”
Mr Sesay said there were regular confrontations between the logistics director and senior staff members.
Disclaiming allegations that they were sacked because of corruption and embezzlement and that the security personnel were not given the actual salaries their clients pay, he disclosed that it was the chairman who determined the salary of workers.
Bernadette Gbenda, now the financial director of Matrix, said monies could not be withdrawn by an individual as there were two signatories to the account.
She added that, “there is an auditing firm that audits the company yearly and there is no prove to show that we were corrupt.
It was because of the situation at the company that forced us to resign.”