The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sierra Leone last Sunday held a one-day Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshop at Kimbima Hotel in Freetown. John Teye Quarshie, a chartered accountant from Ghana, discussed “auditors responsibility: internal and external”.
He talked about the setting up of a system which could check the exigencies of auditors and if there was a fake auditor where should they be reported.
Giving the perspectives of auditors, he noted that their “work is not blood hunting” and that as professionals they should report objectively and uphold the tenets of the profession. The deputy auditor general, Joseph Syl-Bauns, talked on “the role of the audit service in the management of public funds in Sierra Leone.” During his discussion the independence of the audit services came under scrutiny, participants called attention to the fact that the audit services has to depend on the government and this largely undermined its independence. The director of ICASL, Mr Okafor said “the CPD is a compulsory event for ACCA technicians and these CPDs are done in cooperation with ACCA”. He urged that technicians should take part in these CPDs to earn units which would eventually earn them continuous membership in the institute.