4 December 2012

Liberia: Cut Down Waste, Abuse in Government - Sulunteh Cautions Finance Auditors

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Properly managed, Liberia's extensive natural resources can produce jobs, like the 500 created when ArcelorMittal reopened iron ore mines last year with a $1.5 billion investment.

The Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Jordan Sulunteh has called on internal auditors of the Ministry to save the government from waste and abuse by being sincere and professional in the discharge of their duties.

He also wants auditors of the Ministry to build a community of knowledge-sharing, by working together to achieve the goals of the Finance Ministry.

The Minister spoke Monday (Dec 3) at a welcoming ceremony for 13 auditors of the Internal Audit Department (IAD) who returned home after a month long training in South Africa.

Minister Sulunteh asserted that adherence to audit standards is the best way to avoid the loss of revenue, and the abuse of public resources.

He described the South African-trained internal auditors as ambassadors of the Ministry, as he expressed the confidence that auditors in the country are working for the common good of Liberia.

In a brief presentation, some of the newly trained auditors described their training as successful, adding that the training they received has placed them in the position to detect fraud within the public sector.

They named topics such as stress management, personnel and human resource management, action plan and time management as key during their training exercise.

Earlier, the Deputy Director of the IAD Mr. Mohammed S. Geebah lauded the Liberian Government for the level of support given internal auditors, especially at MOF.

Mr. Gebah said the trainees are in the readiness to contribute to government's fight against corruption, through a unique check and balance system.

At least 13 staffers of MoF and the IAD recently acquired advanced internal audit training in South Africa. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the capacities of the department.

In a related development, Minister Sulunteh has disclosed that another batch of 13 auditors from the department will shortly depart the country for advance training in South Africa as a means of capacitating them.

He promised that the newly trained auditors will later return to South Africa to pursue additional training meant to enhance the capacities in the performance of the work in the Ministry of Finance.

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