17 June 2014

Liberia: Lawmaker Wants Audit Report On Montserrado County Released

The Chairman of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus, Representative Edward S. Forh, has called on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to release the county's audit report covering the period of 2011 to 2013.

It can be recalled that last year, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf requested the GAC to commission an audit into the County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF) of Montserrado County due to allegations of misappropriation and hullabaloo on the payment of scholarship fees to students under the administration of Madam Grace T. Kpaan as Superintendent.

According to him, the report must be publicized by the GAC and copies forwarded to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Liberian Legislature amongst others to clear speculations and perception surrounding both the CDF and SDF.

He said since the submission of a transmittal letter to relevant authorities of the county by former acting auditor general (now Deputy AG) Mr. Winsley Nanka on March 25, 2014; and the failure of those auditees to appear before the GAC to confirm or deny the report on April 8, 2014, the report has not been published by the GAC in line with auditing principles.

Amongst other things, the transmittal letter from the GAC indicated that the report would be made public if the auditees did not respond to the report on or before April 8, 2014.

Rep. Forh indicated that his concern about the publishing of the audit report is in no way intended to indict anyone, but to ensure that money allocated to the county are accounted for.

The Montserrado County district # 16 Representative was speaking on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in an interview with reporters in the Borough of New Kru Town, outside Monrovia.

It can be recalled that sometimes ago, Rep. Forh wrote the newly confirmed Auditor General of the GAC, Yousador S. Gaye; expressing concern about releasing the audit report to the public.

"We are now in June 2014 and as far as we are discern, there is no indication on the status of the audit report," the lawmaker stated in his communication.

Rep. Forh told reporters that the report is essential to "help separate the facts from the gossips" regarding money allocated to the county.

He said the delay in the release of the report would create speculations in the public.

"This audit report should be released to the public, the president, the Liberian Legislature and the press so that people can know the exact status of the Montserrado County development fund, because in the absent of information, people are left to speculate, and we do not want people to begin speculating on the procedures of the county's fund. I don't want to preempt the audit report but, my concern here is that, the audit has been concluded since two months ago," he amongst other things stated.


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