The executive director for Internal Audit Agency, Emmanuel B. Nyeswa, discloses here that government has been able to save US$1.7 million and LRD82 million as a result of recent audit at the Ministry of Health where 750 ghost names were discovered on the Ministry’s payroll.
Addressing a regular press briefing Thursday at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia, Mr. Nyeswa stresses the need for resources to continue the month-long exercise that would affect other ministries and agencies.
He also emphasizes the need to audit public schools’ payrolls at the Ministry f Education to get purge ghost names so that legitimately employed teachers could earn what they worked for.
“We need to clean up the entire payroll inclusive of the Justice and Agriculture Ministries so that the government can be able to save more money, instead of people, who are not working to be getting the money”, the Internal Audit chief notes.
He lauds former Health Minister Doctor Bernice Dahn and her successor Doctor Wilhelmina Jallah, for cooperating with his team of auditors, saying the “audit was successful and impressive.”
The Internal Audit Agency was previously the Internal Audit Secretariat or IAS. The establishment of the IAS marked a departure from the traditional direction of internal auditing, which had failed to yield the expected results in Liberia’s public sector.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne