28th November 2013
Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) held a two-day annual Operational Planning Workshop at the Hotel Barmoi in Freetown, on the 26th – 27th November, 2013 to plan for the 2014 fiscal year. During the Workshop, the Senior Management and Divisional Heads of ASSL reported on their activities for 2013 and the plans for their work in 2014.
The Auditor General, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce, in her statement welcomed all the participants at the Workshop and encouraged them to come up with plans that will lead to quality reports.
She encouraged ASSL staff to ensure that the Vote Controllers in the various Ministries Departments and Agencies always inform their ministers about meetings held between their institutions and ASSL during the course of the audits.
She touched on the issue of supervision and ethics which are vital for the successful implementation of the various work plans by divisional heads. She urged the auditors to re-strategise their plans in bringing out issues that will help Sierra Leone to grow especially matters that have been a cancer in the Country.
The Deputy Auditor General, Finance and Corporate Service, Mrs. Adama Renner who chaired the programme informed staff that the purpose of the Workshop was to provide a forum to review and discuss the work plans, and reconcile with the overall plan of ASSL. She pointed out that the Divisional Heads should synchronize their plans so that it will match up with other colleagues carrying out similar audits. She urged staff to make meaningful contributions to the draft plans presented by Divisional Heads.
Presenting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) activities, Mr Alfred Saffa, Principal Auditor explained about the PAC division at ASSL which is located at Parliament and serves as a liaison between ASSL and Parliament. He also noted that the PAC division is responsible for the production of the Auditor General’s Annual Report that is submitted to Parliament every Year. He gave an outlined of the work carried out by his division during the 2013 fiscal year. In relation to the relationship with Parliament, Mr Saffa stressed the cordiality with PAC and the technical support his division has been giving them during public hearings on the Auditor General’s Report.
Various other divisional heads gave overview of their work in 2013 and outlined their plans for 2014.