The Audit Service -Sierra Leone (ASSL) held a stakeholder’s conference yesterday at the Bank Complex Kingtom to determine the positive effect the Department for International Development (DFID) project has impacted on the organization.
The conference brought together Parliamentarians, Civil Society Groups and other International Donor Institutions to deliberate on issues boarding on the growth and capacity of Audit Service Sierra Leone.
The project started when ASSL was metamorphosing from the Auditor General’s Department to Audit Service Sierra Leone as a separate entity. The project as a result came to assess the needs of the institution and ultimately provide training for officer, equipment and other logistical supports to enhance a thorough administrative process.
The DFID Project is also about to render a joint support to a construction project geared towards creating a permanent structure for the department at Tower Hill. This venture will, in future provide a happy working environment for young professionals in the institution to do their work effectively.
The Auditor General of Audit Service-Sierra Leone Mrs. Anna Caesar considered the project as an enormous institutional boost since it has capacitated and elevated conditions of service of workers.
“This project has helped us a great deal since it started during the transitional period from the Auditor General’s Department to Audit Service-Sierra Leone. We have benefited in training of staff, provision of logistics and other equipment. Through this support we have been able to improve on the auditing and we are now doing performance or value for money audit and we are ready to do more if we have proper staffing and capacity”
Hon. Kondoyoma representing the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and who is also Acting Deputy Chairman Parliamentary Account Committee said that the committee is empowered by legislative instruments to examine the accounts of the Government of Sierra Leone, administrations and other Agencies. It also has the power to compel the production of documents that are needed for information. Mr. Jo Thomas, Senior Partner, Pannell Kerr Foster (PKF) -Sierra Leone presented an in-depth statement on assistance DFID has provided to the institution since the inception of the project. This was highlighted in the form of training of personnel, logistics and other areas that require assistance.
The mandate of the Audit Service is enshrined in Act No. 7 of 1962, which set up the original Audit Department, followed by the 1991 Constitution which emphasizes an additional role and power of the Audit Department.
However the 1998 Act which mothers the Audit Service- Sierra Leone has opened more doors of operation and empowerment of the institution since we are able to operate out of the realm of the Civil Service. The transition process has earned some amount of independence to the institution, allowing employment based on merit and expertise.
By Poindexter Sama