Phebe Hospital: Four Suspended Employees Cleared of Financial Malpractices

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By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan (Bong County Correspondent)

The Board of Directors of the Phebe Hospital has issued clearances to four of its Employees who were suspended in 2019 due to alleged financial malpractices.

The Administration of the Phebe Hospital and school of Nursing through its Board of Directors suspended the Administrator Kerson Saykor; the Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Jackson; resource manager Jonathan Pewu; and the Senior Accountant Jeremiah Akoi two years ago as part of efforts to ensure transparency in the audit that should have been contacted.

Following their suspension, the Liberian government thought the Internal Audit Agency conducted an independent audit to establish facts about the usage of funds that are being sent by the government and other partners.

The audit report indicated payroll padding, financial irregularities and misapplication.

According to the IAA findings, funds were diverted to purchase other materials for the hospital and to pay a hired security guard.

The report also States that the four Staff were not found guilty and their actions were done in good faith for the betterment of the hospital.

The four employees have been issued clearances and are currently on the Phebe payroll.

Mr. Patrick Y. Jackson, Controller and Jeremiah F. Akoi have been recalled to work, while Mr. Kerson K. Saykor, Administrator and Johnathan Pewu, Human resource Manager are expected to be transferred to the Ministry of health because of fear for the employees at Phebe on grounds that they are in key position and might hunt them (Workers who were supporting the IAA audit) .

Currently,, Mr. Saykor and his family are still housing on the Phebe Hospital’s Compound.

According to the Board Chair Mr. Tonorliah Varplah, the move was intended to restore calm both between staffs who felt that the two persons were engaged in corrupt activities in the area.

Mr. Varplah has told Journalists that since those individuals were not caught in the web of corruption, it was quite necessary for them to be given clearances which according to him will pave the way for further job opportunities.

“We wouldn’t have given them these documents if they were indicted for corruption, but now that the IAA has reported that they misapplied some of the money and not in their own interest but for the institution, we think it is very much appreciate for them to be given these papers that will serve as evidence anywhere they go” the Phebe Board Chair adds.

Phebe Hospital was built by the Lutheran Church in Liberia, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church in 1921. For years, government has been funding the hospital through the national budget.

The Board of Directors of the Phebe Hospital has issued clearances to four of its employees who were suspended in 2019 due to alleged financial malpractices.

The administration of the Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing through its Board of Directors suspended the Administrator Kerson Saykor; the Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Jackson; Resource Manager Jonathan Pewu; and the Senior Accountant Jeremiah Akoi two years ago as part of efforts to ensure transparency in the audit that should have been contacted.

Following their suspension, the Liberian government thought the Internal Audit Agency conducted an independent audit to establish facts about the usage of funds that are being sent by the government and other partners.

The audit report indicated payroll padding, financial irregularities and misapplication.

According to the IAA findings, funds were diverted to purchase other materials for the hospital and to pay a hired security guard.

The report also states that the four Staff were not found guilty and their actions were done in good faith for the betterment of the hospital.

The four employees have been issued clearances and are currently on the Phebe payroll.

Mr. Patrick Y. Jackson, Controller and Jeremiah F. Akoi have been recalled to work, while Mr. Kerson K. Saykor, Administrator and Johnathan Pewu, Human resource Manager are expected to be transferred to the Ministry of health because of fear for the employees at Phebe on grounds that they are in key positions and might hunt them (Workers who were supporting the IAA audit).

Currently, Mr. Saykor and his family are still housing on the Phebe Hospital’s Compound.

According to the Board Chair Mr. Tonorliah Varplah, the move was intended to restore calm both between staffs who felt that the two persons were engaged in corrupt activities in the area.

Mr. Varplah has told Journalists that since those individuals were not caught in the web of corruption, they needed to be given clearances which according to him will pave the way for further job opportunities.

“We wouldn’t have given them these documents if they were indicted for corruption, but now that the IAA has reported that they misapplied some of the money and not in their interest but for the institution, we think it is very much appreciated for them to be given these papers that will serve as evidence anywhere they go” the Phebe Board Chair adds.

Phebe Hospital was built by the Lutheran Church in Liberia, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church in 1921. For years, the government has been funding the hospital through the national budget.