We Are Watching With an Eagle’s Eye

THE MINISTRY OF Health &Social Welfare has with immediate effect, suspended the services of Mr. Beyan Johnson, Managing Director of the National Drugs Service (NDS).

A COMMUNICATION TO Mr. Johnson dated October 2, 2015 and signed by Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn, a copy of which was obtained by this paper, the Ministry of Health, parent institution of the National Drugs Service (NDS) suspended the employment services of Mr. Johnson with the NDS/MOH with immediate effect pending the outcome of ongoing investigations into disappearances of drugs and other alleged improprieties at the NDS.

THE COMMUNICATION NOTED, “The Ministry has over the past weeks received several complaints from institutions including partners alleging disappearances of essential drugs donated or procured and placed under your care at the NDS. As you are aware, donors (partners) of those drugs and the Ministry are deeply concerned about these negative developments at the NDS. Accordingly, the Ministry has commissioned an inventory of all items at the NDS’s warehouses and is also working with the Liberia National Police to establish culpability for drugs confiscated on a truck allegedly headed for Guinea.”

THE LETTER FURTHERED, “The Ministry is exerting every effort to establish culpabilities for the aforesaid loss of government properties under the watchful eye of your management team at the NDS and, therefore, look forward to your fullest cooperation with the above-mentioned ongoing investigation which is expected to last for about one Month.”

WE ARE CONCERNED about the disappearance of the consignment of drugs and other improprieties at the National Drugs Service (NDS) and demand an immediate investigation into the drug scandal. While we welcome the investigation into the drug scandal, we are also seriously awaiting the outcome of the investigation to know who actually authorized that the drugs be taken to Guinea. With all the available information relative to the disappearance of the consignment of essential drugs and supplies, we think that we are getting somewhere in the investigation therefore, let every effort be made to ensure that the culprits are made to account for their act.

THAT IS WHY we are watching with an Eagle’s Eye and keenly listening to the outcome of the investigation. This matter must not be like others that are most often swept under the carpet and no further action is taken. Again, we are watching with an Eagle’s eye to see the outcome of the investigation and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.