Freetown, Sierra Leone – 9th April, 2019: The Auditor-General of Sierra Leone wishes to inform the general public that the TECHNICAL AUDIT REPORT on the Social Security, Telecommunications, Civil Works and Energy sectors has been tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 9th April, 2019.
The Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) takes this opportunity to inform the public that this was a TECHNICAL AUDIT and not a FORENSIC AUDIT as it is being reported by some section of the media. The ASSL also wants the public to know that the TECHNICAL AUDIT was carried out by 23 audit staff of the ASSL with support from 27 auditors from the Supreme Audit Institutions of Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.
The TECHNICAL AUDIT was done as a result of a request sent to the Auditor-General in July 2018 by His Excellency the President, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio through the Minister of Finance to undertake a special TECHNICAL AUDIT on the Social Security, Telecommunications, Civil Works and Energy sectors, in accordance with Section 119 (7) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
Section 119 (7) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone states that: The provisions of subsection 6 shall not preclude the President, acting in accordance with the advice of Cabinet, or Parliament from requesting the Auditor-General in the public interest to audit at any particular time, the accounts of any body or organisation as is referred to in subsection 2 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
The public is also informed that this Audit was not a Financial Statements Audit, which gives an audit opinion on the financial statements submitted for audit. Rather, it is an audit on the technical adherence and compliance with the laws and standards governing activities in the various sectors audited.
The primary objective of this TECHNICAL AUDIT was to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in its fight against corruption and ensure the judicious use of public resources.
The specific objectives included:
- to assess the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of investments in the identified sectors,
- to identify and mitigate potential risks,
- to provide an assurance of revenue and
- to recommend ways of delivering improved services or performance.
In line with international best practice in Public Financial Management and public sector external audit which is supported by Section 95 (2) and (6) of the Public Financial Management Act 2016, the full report can be accessed at: www.auditservice.gov.sl
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