Sierra Leonean-born Marah Kaifala, is currently hitting headlines both in the local and international press in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Marah, who holds the enviable position of Adviser in Public Expenditure Management of the Governance & Institutional Development Division (GIDD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, is expected to round up a four-day mission to the Island, where he was sent by his office to respond to a request from the Internal Audit Division of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury for a Technical Adviser (TA) from the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The Sierra Leonean had consultations with the Internal Audit Division as well as other divisions in the Ministry of Finance & Treasury including Government Procurement, Auditor-General’s Office, Accountant General and others.
One of the leading local newspapers in the country, SOLOMON STAR reported that Marah will help develop the country’s mechanisms and an action plan to develop internal auditing within the Solomon Islands Public Service.
The move is to ascertain areas that will require support before the actual adviser comes into the country, according to the newspaper.
“We thank you and the Commonwealth very much for responding positively to our Government’s request,” said Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs and GIDD/Commonwealth Point of Contact in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alfred Lovanitila.
Lovanitila believes the request is in line with the CNURA Government’s Good Governance Policy, adding: “this assistance will go a long way into developing internal auditing within the Solomon Islands Public Service and good governance in as-far-as expenditure of public funds for effective services delivery to citizens is concerned.”
The newspaper also quoted the country’s Director of the Internal Audit Division, Michael Wale, as saying that Kaifala will compile and present his report to the Commonwealth to finalize Terms of Reference (TOR) for the technical adviser.
After that, he said the next stage is to conduct in-depth and wider consultations at the Permanent Secretary and Political Level, the newspaper reported, and added, “This is to make-way for the development of an Internal Auditing Action Plan for the Internal Audit Division and sister agencies”.
Wale said they’ll also develop a National Internal Audit Network to ensure effective coordination and networking between internal auditors.