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Prez. Sirleaf approves county audit recommendation

By James Akoi
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has approved recommendation to audit ten of Liberia’s counties.

The ten counties are Sinoe, Margibi, Bong, River Gee, River Cess, Montserrado and Nimba.

Others are the 2013 hosts of Liberia’s July 26 Independence Day celebration, including Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties in Western Liberia 

The move is part of efforts to promote accountability, transparency and fiscal integrity in the good governance process.

The audit commissioning followed a recommendation from Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly.

Minister Dukuly had requested the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to begin the exercise soon and has accordingly instructed the concerned county superintendents to fully cooperate with the GAC.

The GAC will conduct comprehensive physical asset and financial audits of the counties from the period commencing January 16, 2012 to and including July 31, 2013.

The ten counties will constitute phase one of the audit, while the remaining five will be audited in phase two.

The exercise is intended to determine whether county superintendents and other local government officials are adhering to government’s policy on transparency, accountability, integrity and the law governing public financial management practices. 

The audit will also focus on the administration and management of County and Social Development Funds.

 


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