The Ministry of Finance in a memo on Friday 17 January 2020 has urged Ministries Department and Agencies (MDA) in Sierra Leone to implement the recommendations in the 2018 Auditor General Report or face penalties. The 2018 Annual Report of the Auditor General, which spells out her findings and recommendation on the audit of the finances of the Government has critical issues that must be addressed by MDA’s mentioned in the Report. According to the memo signed by the Financial Secretary Sahr Jusu “Usually there have been significant delays in the implementation of the audit recommendations contained in the Audit Report of the Auditor General.” It furthered that such unsatisfactory practices have in the past caused embarrassment for the Government, particularly obstructing their relationship with their development partners leading to either delayed or non disbursement of budget support as well as public condemnation. The memo pointed out that “This time we would like to express keen interest in monitoring action taken on the findings and recommendations contained in the Report and would ensure timely consideration of the audit recommendations.”
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In that regards it further urged the entities and officials to provide the necessary action plan on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report on or before 3rd February 2020, when they should provide copy to the Audit General and the Anti Corruption Commission. “I would like to advise that appropriate remedial action would be taken against any entity and officer including suspension of payment of monthly salaries that failed to provide satisfactory action plan for the implementation of the audit recommendations against the deadline date stated. Over the years there had been neglect with regards to the Auditor recommendations causing the country to lose billions of Leone’s.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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