7 January 2010

Tanzania: Bunge to Discuss Four Performance Audits

Dar Es Salaam — FOUR performance audit reports that examine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of expenditures and use of public resources, are lined up for tabling in the next session of the National Assembly in Dodoma, the National Audit Office (NAO) said in Dar es Salaam today.

Assistant Auditor General- Value for Money. Gregory Teu, said his office has submitted three reports to the president and the fourth one is being finalised.

"The National Audit Office is determined to go beyond the traditional financial audits - performance audit has wider coverage aiming at better use of resources, improved operations and better decision making in reaching policy objectives of the government," Mr Teu told the 'Daily News.'

The three audit reports submitted to the president are on management of solid waste in big cities and regions in Tanzania, that examines solid waste management in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Mwanza and Arusha.

Another report on school inspection programme for secondary schools in Tanzania, explores the causes of mass failure in mathematics and science subjects in secondary schools.

"Mathematics and science subjects are critical in the development of the badly needed professionals in the country and seeing majority of students failing massively in such subjects, should be something of concern to everybody," charged Mr Teu.

The head of performance audit department said the office is also through with the audit report on the management of primary health care in the country.

The report examines the weaknesses and challenges faced in the delivery of primary health care, particularly in rural areas.

The fourth report, now in final touches, said Mr Teu is on delays in road construction projects. "The country loses huge amount of money due to delays, sometimes intentional, in the construction works," he said.

The NAO produced its first performance audit in 2007, covering the management of prevention and mitigation of floods at central, regional and local levels of the government and the office has since set a target of producing at least four 'Value for money' audit reports, annually

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