Voter controllers sensitized on public accountability, transparency

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Internal Audit Directorate (IAD) with support from the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) Tuesday commenced a 2-day sensitization seminar for voter controllers on public accountability and transparency.

The seminar is aimed at supporting and strengthening capacities of national institutions responsible for economic management and evidence-based policy, planning and budgeting to achieve inclusive growth and poverty reduction in The Gambia.

The theme: Enhancing public accountability and transparency in budget execution, also aimed to ensure voter controllers/oversight function bodies understand their terms of Reference (TOR) in relation to Financial Regulations (FR2016), PFA 2014 and other laws to take ownership and accountability of their actions.

Director of Public Finance Management at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Amie Kolleh Jeng said an effective internal audit function contributes to good governance, risk management and economic development through fraud prevention, detection, and improvement of fiduciary systems and the enhancement of efficient use of public funds.

Mrs. Jeng stated that their focus is to build strong and professional relationships with key stakeholders based on honesty, competence, and reliability in executing their mandates to manage public sector organisations and resources to ensure accountability, transparency and value for money.

She pointed out that the new dispensation offers the opportunity for intensive and in-depth discussion on the urgent need to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of risk management and the entire governance process.

United Nation Development Program (UNDP) deputy resident representative Nessie Golakai-Gould said any effort to fight corruption is in the right direction, realizing that it is the worse evil in most African governments.

She added that Internal Audit Directorate as the first defenders and fighters against corruption, their role as internal auditors is critical and of great importance in the national crusade against financial malpractices.

Director General of Internal Audit Directorate Modou Ceesay said they expect internal auditors to play more monitoring and assurance roles on corporate governance activities, compliance and risk management policies and standards in our institutions.

Author: Fatou B. Cham