By Morlai Ibrahim Kamara
Four civil society organisations (CSOs) have thrown weight behind the Audit Service Sierra Leone in a press release dated 15th January, 2021 by acknowledging the positive strides the institution is making in Public Financial Management.
The organisations expressed satisfaction that the Audit Service Sierra Leone has been lauded by both local and international Public Financial management institutions in the Country.
For instance, the 2020 open Budget Survey, Audit Service Sierra Leone recorded a 72% score, which ranked as one of the most effective Audit institutions in Africa and that government can sustain this achievement.
The four civil society organisations which are: Budget Advocacy Network ( BAN), Center for Accountability and the Rule of Law(CARL) 50/50 Group Sierra Leone, Institute For Governance Reform (IGR) stated in their release that they acknowledged concerns from sections of the public about the office of the Auditor General, and hoped that the Parliamentary scrutiny of the 2019 report would help resolve those concerns in ways that do not undermine or compromise the strong independence of the Audit Service.
They pointed out that like successive audit reports, the financial scandal revealed in 2019 across government agencies has once again exposed the underlying weaknesses in the government of Sierra Leone regulatory systems which continue to poses challenges to effective public delivery service.
They maintained that they are worried that successive Parliament have rarely given Audits Reports the attention they deserve because they failed to demand improve standards from MDA’S or bring defaulters to book.
They reaffirmed their commitment to support Parliament and pointed out that it is their collective endeavors to address public financial management weaknesses.