24th November 2011
Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce, former Acting Auditor General, was confirmed as the new Auditor General of Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) by Parliament on Tuesday 22nd November 2011.
She was sworn in as the new Auditor General on Thursday 24th November 2011 at the State House, Freetown.
During the swearing-in ceremony, President Ernest Bai Koroma congratulated the Auditor General in her new position adding that an efficient and capable Auditor General will help to enhance transparency and accountability in this nation. He noted that the Auditor General’s office had been transformed as it used to be dormant in the past. The President stressed that the Auditor General’s office should be the watch dog of Sierra Leone’s economy as it should be able to cut down on wastage. “Your appointment is challenging to womanhood in the country and we do expect the very best from you”, said President Koroma.
Mrs Taylor-Pearce thanked the President for the honour bestowed on her to head the Audit Service. “It is a great achievement after acting as Auditor General for eight months and after being in the institution for four years” said Mrs Taylor-Pearce. She added that to head the Audit Service was a mammoth task but with the financial and moral support from the Government, she will definitely succeed.
Mrs Taylor Pearce was appointed by His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, after the previous Auditor General Mrs Anna Caesar retired from the ASSL in May 2011 at the end of her terminal leave.
Mrs. Taylor-Pearce, FCCA, began her career in the private sector as an Auditor in 1991. In 2000, she joined the public sector where she held senior management positions in various public sector-related organisations. She joined ASSL in 2007 as Deputy Auditor General and has risen through the ranks to attain this present appointment.
In her message to staff of the ASSL, the Auditor General stated that as an institution whose main business was to ensure that taxpayers’ monies were used judiciously; the staff of ASSL had a big part to play in achieving that mandate. She craved the cooperation of staff of the ASSL to become a beacon of light in the accountability chain of Sierra Leone. She expressed appreciation to all staff for the support she had received during her tenure as Acting Auditor General and stressed the need for a cordial and cooperative working relationship with every member of staff.