21 January 2013

Liberia: 'We Will Prevent Them From Stealing'

Dyujah Bestman The General Auditing Commission says it is taking several practical steps to prevent people from stealing government money.

Auditor General Robert Kilby said instead of chasing people after they have stolen, the Commission has taking steps to prevent them from defrauding the government.

The Auditor General maintained that as part of the newest steps, the GAC will make sure to implement a system and control in monitoring every transaction at the banking institutions on the withdrawal and deposit of government money.

Mr. Kilby said the GAC has already communicated with the managers of banks to have visibility into various government accounts

He stressed that the systems will allow the Commission to get instant messages through text on every transaction on government's account.

He said his administration will also be focusing on performance audit and not just financial audit to know whether the work done by a particular government ministry or agency commensurate with the budgeted amount.

Mr. Kilby spoke recently when the GAC unveiled a new slogan "Ensuring Accountability of Public Resources" and the launch of the GAC Website.

He said the old slogan by his predecessor "fighting fraud, waste, and abuse" has some aggressive posture but said the change was necessary because the Commission does not want to be seen as chasing people in public positions.

According to AG Kilby, the decision to rebrand the Commission is meant to stop people from defrauding the government of its resources.

Mr. Kilby recently disclosed that GAC has commenced audit of four institutions including the National Elections Commission.

AG Kilby said the NEC has not been audited for the past six years, stressing that it was necessary that NEC be audited before the mid-term senatorial election in 2014.

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