A team of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) in Liberia has ended a day-long meeting with stakeholders from several Land Ministries and Agencies in Bong County.
The Internal Audit Agency which was established in 2013 as an autonomous government body responsible for internal audit functions within the public sector.
The Agency draws its authority from the Internal Audit Agency Act of September 2013, the Act, amongst other things mandates the IAA to standardize, harmonize, capacitate, coordinate, establish, manage, direct and control internal audit functions within all branches of government including all public sector entities, autonomous agencies and commissions, and the Central Bank of Liberia.
An offspring of the Internal Audit Secretariat, the IAA was established to minimize corruption, abuse of public trust and to ensure fiscal probity. Amongst the many anti-graft agencies in the public sector, the IAA offers the first line of defense in the fight against corruption.
The one-day gathering attended by Bong County Acting Superintendent Anthony Boakai Sherriff, Bong Project Management Committee Chairperson, Stephen Jorquelleh Mulbah, IAA Executives and authorities of several government-run institutions in the County.
Charting a with journalists following the one-day indoor meeting with local government officials, IAA National Sector Director, Victor F.Kerlewala said the visit was aimed at inspecting the workings of land Ministries and Agencies employees under the regime of President George Manneh Weah.
He maintained that the exercise was meant to monitor employees’ daily attendance records in other to get rid of ghost names on the government payroll.
The IAA Sector Director Victor F.Kerlewala narrated that with these regional visits in the bucolic parts of the Country, citizens will understanding the functions of the integrity entity.
“In this public manner, we are also calling on citizens of Liberia to buttress the IAA efforts by engaging those officials of government involving in the miss- management or the embezzlement of the Liberian people resources in the public sector to expose them,” Director Kerlewala adds.
The Internal Auditor is often described as an entity’s critical friend-the independent advisor who can challenge current practice, champion best practice and be a catalyst for improvement, with the objective of ensuring that the organization as a whole can achieve its strategic objectives.