15 June 2017

Liberia: 'We Did Not Take Loan'

Nine employees of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning have rejected a story published in this paper under the captioned: "Loan Borrowers Disappear?"

Mr. Jesse Korboi, whose name was mentioned as one of the loan borrowers, said they did not take loan from the Private Sector Development Initiative at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as being perceived but instead they were given honorarium for service provided.

He clarified that at no time did the audit report indicate that they were part of the loan borrowers.

A memorandum dated October 5, 2014 and under the signature of Dr. James Kollie to Dede D. Sandiman, Officer-in-Charge/Comptroller & Accountant General Office, indicated that then Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh instructed that honorarium be given to those staff, who were involved in the formulation of the framework of PSDI.

"As per the directive of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, I am requesting your action for honorarium in favor of staff on the listed as below who were involved in the formulation of the framework, compliance, requirement for businesses approved for loan and vetting of applicants for loan under the Private Sector Development Initiative," the memorandum instructed.

The MFDP staff, who benefitted from the honorarium in 2014, included Doris B. Quellie, US$7,100.00, former Customs Commissioner Dixon Seboe, US$4,360.00, William Mansfield, US$6,000.00, Mulbah Jorgbor, US$6,000.00 and Ojuku Nyenpan, US$6,540.00.

Other beneficiaries are Jesse Korboi, US$6,540.00, the Officer-in-Charge/Comptroller, to whom the memorandum was written Dede D. Sandiman got US$8,250.00, Sekou A. Sanoe, US$5,000.00 and Kpambu P. Turay, US$8,760.00

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