21st February, 2013
Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) presented the 2011 Auditor General’s Report to Non-State Actors (NSA) at the Santanno House in Freetown on the 15th February 2013. The programme was well attended by key stakeholders from NSAs, Civil Society Organisations and media institutions who contributed positively to the 2011 Auditor General’s Report.
During the programme, the Information, Education and Communications Officer of ASSL, Mr Martin Sandy informed the NSA representatives that the Auditor General presented her Report to Parliament in accordance with Section 119(4) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. He pointed out that the mandate of auditing all government institutions was carried out by the Auditor General and team from ASSL adding that the meeting was organised so that the Report could be presented to NSAs and the media.
Mr Mohamed Kallon, Principal Auditor Public Enterprises division, informed the NSAs about the various steps that ASSL undertook during the 2011 Audits. He also stated that ASSL whicn operates in accordance with international standards, was part of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institution (INTOSAI) and worked in line with international best practice auditing standards. He informed the NSAs and Media Practitioners that the work of the Auditor General stopped at Parliament and it was Parliament which had the mandate to hold public hearings on the Report.
Mr Amadu Sidi Bah, National Coordinator of the NSA thanked ASSL for doing a good job in presenting the report to NSAs and the media. He pointed out that the event was a new trend as NSAs were never called to such meetings in the past. He encouraged other colleagues from the NSAs to monitor the outcome of the report as it was not meant only for parliament but the public as a whole.
Mr Victor Lansana Koroma, Director of Health Alert, described ASSL as a friend to the public but enemy to detractors and defaulters. He stressed that NSAs would be interested to know what will be the reaction from the Anti Corruption Commission as the 2011 Report had raised an eyebrow in the international community. He also said that the report will be a test case to ascertain whether government was capable of fighting corruption and whether NSAs would be able to monitor corrupt practices in the country.
At the end of the programme the Report was distributed to the the participants.