10 January 2013

Liberia: 'Minimize Politics'

The Director of Enterprise Funds Audit at the General Auditing Commission (GAC) Nyankor Matthew has urged employees of the commission who just returned from a two year study in Nairobi, Kenya to minimize politics and focus on their jobs.

About 33 staff students from the GAC recently returned home, following the completion of their students at the University of Nairobi.

Speaking at a welcoming program organized by the GAC, Madam Matthew urged the graduates to see themselves as young professionals and technocrats who need to work assiduously.

She welcomed the staff and said "we look forward to working with you because there is no monopoly over knowledge."

Auditor General Robert Kilby welcomed and congratulated the 33 employees for their graduation from the University of Nairobi.

He disclosed that GAC has four key projects including the auditing of the National Elections Commission (NEC), for the first time in six years.

Touching on the difficult task of auditing the NEC, Mr. Kilby observed that the NEC has not been audited for six years now and would be audited before the next elections. The NEC is expected to conduct mid-term Senatorial elections in 2014.

AG Kilby also indicated that GAC would also audit government's payroll, the controversial Private Use Permit (PUP), and will do a reconciliation audit of the LEITI in connection with the PUP.

Also speaking at the welcoming program, the head of delegation of the GAC Staff who returned from Kenya, Moses Varfee Kowo lauded the GAC for sponsoring their studies at the University of Nairobi.

Mr. Kowo disclosed that 22 persons out of the 33 employees obtained degrees in Finance, 7 got degrees in Procurement and Chain Management, 5 achieved degrees in Corporate Strategic and one person obtained degree in Human Resource Management.

He noted that they are all certified fraud examiners having successfully completed courses prescribed by the university.

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