Sierra Leone’s Chief Minister, Prof. David Francis has called on institutions charged with the mandate and responsibility of ensuring that public servants are held accountable to make sure that they (public servants) give account of their activities.
Prof. Francis made this call while he was commending the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) for producing and disseminating the 2019 Audit Report to the people of Sierra Leone.
“Persons or institutions culpable for alleged misappropriation of funds will be held accountable as required by law and law accountable institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), and the House of Parliament,” he affirmed.
He stated that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government are subjected to the Constitution, Acts of Parliament and Policies in the utilization of public funds, adding that every MDA has a Vote Controller who is principally responsible to account for public funds utilised.
He noted that the Public Financial Management Act of 2016 is very clear on the role of Vote Controllers in managing public funds noting that government ministers only provide strategic leadership to their Ministries and do not sign cheques for the operations of any Ministry.
He called on the general public to read and engage with the ASSL Report for their own edification and understanding of how public funds were expended and audited.
He stated that the New Direction Government led by President Bio remains committed in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone, for which he noted that several commendations from reputable international institutions have been received by the Government of Sierra Leone in the fight against corruption.