Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce the Auditor-General of the Republic of Sierra Leone has played host to two of her counterparts from Ghana and Kenya in the persons of Mr. Daniel Yao Domelovu and Mr. Edward Ouku; the Auditors-General of Ghana and Kenya 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.