AUDITOR-GENERAL HOSTS HER GHANAIAN AND KENYAN COUNTERPARTS

 

The Auditor-General of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce has played host to two of her counterparts from Ghana and Kenya in the persons of Mr. Daniel Yao Domelovu and Mr. Edward Ouku respectively. Both distinguished guests of the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) are in the country to support their staff currently assisting the ASSL in the on-going technical audit of the energy, social security, civil works and telecoms sectors.

It could be recalled that, in July last year, His Excellency the President, Dr Julius Maada Bio through the Minister of Finance sent a request to the Auditor-General to conduct a technical audit of four sectors. In response to this request, the Auditor-General sought the assistance of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions of English Speaking countries (AFROSAI-E) to complement the ASSL in its facilitation of the government’s mandate. Accordingly, the Auditors-General from Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania accepted to support Sierra Leone by sending their staff to help in the audit. In conjunction with their Sierra Leonean counterparts, the auditors from the three countries have been in Sierra Leone for the past weeks conducting the said audit of the social security, energy, telecoms and civil works sectors.

Mrs. Taylor-Pearce extended profound thanks and appreciation to her colleagues for their positive response to the request of a sister country at a time of need and for their timely provision of what she described as invaluable technical support to the ASSL and the people of Sierra Leone in their drive to ensure accountable stewardship of the country’s resources.

Mrs. Taylor-Pearce also facilitated two separate courtesy calls between the two Auditors-General and the Minister of Finance, Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa. During the meeting with the Minister, the Auditors-General availed him about the nature of their collaboration with their ministries of finance in their respective countries. The Minister of Finance thanked the visiting Auditors-General for their critical assistance specifically to the ASSL and Sierra Leone in general, and assured them of his government’s continued and unwavering support to the mandate of the Auditor-General and her team particularly as it relates to the government’s accountability drive. The Minister informed his visitors that the office of the Auditor-General has been crucial over the years in holding public servants accountable for misappropriation of public funds, and in light of this, every government that is committed to fighting graft should provide the necessary support that would allow the ASSL the capacity to remain as watch dogs of the country’s economic resources. The Minister went further to state that the technical audit is crucial as it would help the government to foster progress in the country’s ambitious development drive.

The Auditor-General of Ghana, Mr. Daniel Yao Domelovu, thanked the Minister of Finance for the warm reception he accorded him. Talking on his work as the Auditor-General of Ghana, Mr. Domelovu informed the Minister that although he was appointed just before the new government in Ghana assumed office, he and his team have made major inroads in the anti-graft fight. He revealed that between June 14, 2017 to November 30, 2018 he issued 112 surcharge certificates to certain individuals and institutions and in the process, had so far recovered more than GH¢67 Million for the Ghanaian Government. The Ghanaian Auditor-General insisted that for the audit institutions to effectively achieve their mandates, they need the unflinching support of the Ministry of Finance. In this light, he attributed the bulk of their success as an institution to the support provided by the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance.

The Auditor-General of Kenya Mr. Edward Ouku thanked both the Minister and the Auditor-General of Sierra Leone for the warm reception accorded him during his stay in Sierra Leone. Mr. Ouku pledged his fullest and continued support to the work of the ASSL as for obvious reasons, he is aware of how crucial audit institutions are to the development of all countries where graft is prevalent. He thanked his host for giving his team the opportunity of sharing their experiences with their Sierra Leonean, Tanzanian and Ghanaian counterparts and hoped that this synergy will help make the outcome of the audit even more successful. He said he has been very impressed with the work being done by all the auditors involved and said he will take those beautiful experiences back home in Kenya to enrich his own institution.

Even though on diverse dates, the Auditors-General from Ghana and Kenya met with the technical audit team from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania to give their support and assurance to the team on the on-going technical audit. One thing that stood out in both visits is the fact that the auditors were encouraged to do a perfect work that will be incorporated in their CVs.