MOH ACEO “disagrees” with Health’s Internal Audit report


The Assistant CEO of the Ministry of Health Agnes Stowers is disputing the Health’s Internal Audit report, alleging she colluded with her father in law’s company that led to the awarding of a $48,300 tala contract for works to repair the staff residence building.

“I disagree with the [Internal Audit] report,” said Ms Stowers in an interview with Radio Polynesia.

She noted the matter is now with the Public Service Commission and that’s why she does not want to comment.

Asked whether she has retained an attorney, Stowers said no.

Adding she is waiting for the outcome of the PSC investigate but she “disagrees” with the Internal Audit Report.

The Health’s Internal Audit also cited the ACEO in question for conflict of interest and claims the familial ties were not disclosed nor did she take the steps to avoid it.

An Internal Audit Report dated 21 November, 2021 obtained by Radio Polynesia, says this came to light after the Health Management queried the condition of the work conducted by Transworks Company and the Internal Audit stepped in for a review.

The Internal Audit findings were addressed to the Director General of the Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri.

The inspection report endorsed by the Principal Maintenance Officer in support for payment to the Company, stated the work was completed and satisfactory.

However the Internal Audit inspection with the Principal Maintenance Officer confirmed the works were incomplete in accordance with the agreed scope of work which indicated there should be three coats of paints and to replace screen wires.

Furthermore the report says the quotation of $48,300 was to pay for labor as the material of paint and new screen wires were supplied by the Ministry of Health.

The Internal Audit further claims the involvement of Ms Stowers with the preparation and following up on payment was also questioned as during verification of payment documentation the Audit uncovered that Transworks is owned by Ms Stowers Father in law, which the Auditor claims, she did not disclose.

The Transworks company claims the scope of works indicated that one coat of paint is to be applied and that only damaged screen wires were to be replaced.

Radio Polynesia also reached out to the Public Service Commissioner Lauano for comments on this matter.

The Transowork Company has also been contacted for comments.