Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a press release issued on December 14, 2023, by the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL), Acting Auditor-General Abdul Aziz publicly disclosed the submission of the much-anticipated 2022 Annual Report to Parliament.
The Audit Report, scrutinizing the accounts of Sierra Leone for the fiscal year concluding on December 31, 2022, was submitted in accordance with the mandate outlined in Section 119(4) of the 1991 Constitution.
This constitutional provision stipulates the Auditor-General’s obligation to submit the annual report to Parliament within twelve months following the conclusion of the previous financial year. It requires the Auditor-General to highlight any irregularities in the audited accounts and any other significant matters warranting Parliament’s attention.
Martin Sandy, Information, Education & Communications Officer, conveyed that the Report would soon be accessible on the ASSL website once it has been formally tabled in Parliament.
Expanding on the constitutional mandate outlined in Section 119(2) of the 1991 Constitution, it entrusts the Auditor-General with the responsibility to audit the Public Accounts of Sierra Leone, encompassing various public offices such as courts, central and local government administrations, universities, akin public institutions, statutory corporations, companies, or other entities established by Acts of Parliament or statutory instruments that rely on Public Funds.
“The ASSL remains committed to upholding its role as a premier audit body, fostering excellence and ensuring accountability within public institutions,” concluded Martin Sandy.
This submission marks a significant step toward transparency and accountability in governance, underscoring the commitment of the Audit Service Sierra Leone in safeguarding financial probity and highlighting areas demanding attention for effective parliamentary oversight. ZIJ/18/12/2023