The Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce has in twelve months landed another major integrity award in recognition of her tireless efforts at protecting the public resources of her country. She has been honoured with her latest award by the esteemed anti graft civil society organization, Accountability Now-Sierra Leone on Monday 19th December 2015.
According to the National Coordinator of Accountability Now-Sierra Leone William B.M. Sao-Lamin, the organisation which is a civil society monitoring, sensitization and advocacy Network focuses on institutions that deal with accountability. He noted that his institution had been observing the activities and mandate of the Audit Service Sierra Leone, and had no doubt that in view of the courage of the Auditor General, and the independence and professionalism with which she has discharged her mandate particularly her sensational real time audit of the Ebola funds, he had no doubt that she merits the highest honour and commendation as the supreme, anti graft, national frontline fighter.
Mr Sao-Lamin said that among the many nominees in the accountability crusade who were nominated for the award, Mrs Pearce was the overwhelming favourite scoring over 80% of the votes to clinch the coveted award. Mr Sao-Lamin paid glowing tribute to the industry, integrity, professionalism and the ethical manner with which she had availed herself, and the example with which she has been able to inspire her institution over the years, to jealously protect Sierra Leone’s public resources without fear or favour. Mr Sao-Lamin hoped the award will further motivate the Auditor General and her staff as they face the ever changing landscape of such a critical and tasking responsibility.
Mrs Taylor-Pearce receiving the award
Receiving the prestigious award, Mrs Taylor-Pearce thanked Accountability Now-Sierra Leone for the respect and recognition accorded her and her institution, and assured the organisation that the ASSL shall remain committed to the protection of the resources of the country for the benefit of the people. In 2015, Mrs Taylor-Pearce also won the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Integrity Award. The Auditor General’s track record of probity and distinguished stewardship transcends her country’s borders.
In 2014, such was the distinction with which she represented her country on the Governing Board of the African Organization of English- Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E),that her peers on the continental organisation unanimously elected her Chair of that august body to a three year term(2014-17). In November 2015, she was also decorated with an award in South Africa, for the excellence and professionalism with which her institution had implemented AFROSAI-E’s initiatives.
Mrs. Taylor-Pearce was appointed Auditor General in November, 2011 and the years since her appointment as the country’s accountability arrow head, have seen greater accountability, transparency and probity in the audit of the country’s resources.