Mr. Alex Carbah, head of the distribution team of Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Liberia in Nimba County, has refuted a recent report, published in this newspaper, that there was fraud in its food distribution in the Buu-Yao and Teahplay Boyealay communities.
In the report, resident Samuel Wonnah told the Daily Observer correspondent Ishmael Menkor that food rations in Teahplay Boyealay on April 24 and 25 had been done without prior notice to the community.
However, Carbah said he personally supervised the distribution of rice, corn, soya blend (CSB), pulses (split peas), and vegetable oil to the community, but that had long come to an end prior to the newspaper report.
“Before the distribution,” Carbah explained, “the beneficiaries, grouped under family heads, were informed about the process, and in fact we had posters placed in strategic areas about the distribution.”
He said he was surprised to read the report of alleged fraud, after the exercise had been smoothly completed with the residents expressing appreciation to ADRA.
He questioned Mr. Wonnah’s motive, since the alleged fraud surfaced a week after the exercise was completed. Carbah added that the distribution was the first phase of the World Food Program (WFP) Special Emergency Ebola Ration (EMOB) from October 2014 to March 2015.
The second phase, which began in April 2015, was the transition period during which WFP, not ADRA, decided to do away with rice and replaced it with cash, according to Mr. Carbah.
“The WFP did this portion in collaboration with a local bank,” he said. “ADRA did not take part in the process, because we have no authority to do so.”
“Contrary to Mr. Wonnah’s claim,” Carbah said, “ADRA followed its established procedures in every distribution, and we are happy to report that all our beneficiaries have appreciated our work.”
He denied that ADRA ever had in its employ a person with the name, Alex Jallah, as the report suggested.
Carbah said frequent allegations of fraud were due to misinformation. He appealed to anyone seeking verification, including journalists, to contact ADRA Liberia Country Director Anthony Zaizay (0888-900-298).