11th May 2015
The Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce won plaudit and commendation from her peer Auditors General in Africa during the opening session of the 12th Governing Board meeting of African Organisation of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) in Cape Town, South Africa on Monday 4th May, 2015.
Mrs Taylor-Pearce was lauded for her contribution to the enhanced integrity and efficiency of the Audit service, not only in Sierra Leone, but to the continental body at large.
The Auditor General of South Africa, Mr Kimi Makwetu described Mrs Tylor-Pearce as a woman of substance who has made an enormous contribution to the success of AFROSAI-E.
He noted that as the Auditor General of South Africa, he and his peers were happy with the remarkable efficiency with which the Audit Service Sierra Leone conducted the real time audit on the management of Ebola funds in Sierra Leone under her guidance and astute leadership.
Mr J Van Schalkwyk, Corporate Executive in the Auditor General’s office of South Africa described Mrs Lara Taylor- Pearce as an example worth emulating. He also commended the audit of Sierra Leone’s Ebola funds. In recognition of that stellar performance by Audit Service Sierra Leone, he said that the report has been posted on the AFROSAI-E website to show case Sierra Leone’s pre-eminence in real time audit and for it to serve as reference for other audit bodies throughout the continent.
Addressing delegates in her capacity as the Chairperson of the AFROSAI-E Governing Board, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce welcomed all Auditors General and delegates to the 12th Governing Board meeting of AFROSAI-E. She expressed appreciation to the AFROSAI-E Secretariat for facilitating the movement of delegates from Sierra Leone and Liberia, as it was very difficult to travel to South Africa due to the restrictions on both countries owing to the Ebola virus outbreak.
She noted that as Auditors General, there was the need to analyse the past, present and future of the AFROSAI-E ,in a bid to identify challenges, and map out how they could synergise to position the organization for greater success. She noted that they must continue to focus on how as public sector auditors, their work would the citizens of their various countries through accountability in the use of funds improved living standards of these citizens
It should be noted that Mrs Taylor-Pearce is not only the first Chairperson of AFROSAI-E from West Africa but also the first female ever to head the institution. This remarkable recognition of the Auditor General has brought pride, respect and a ray of hope to the Audit Service Sierra Leone.