The Internal Audit Agency of Liberia (IAA) has welcomed the investigative report of the Senate’s Committee on Public Accounts and Audit (PAC) into multiple claims made against it by Mr. Robert Neal who ‘disengaged’ himself from all activities of the entity since September 2019.
The PAC report recommends an audit of the IAA which is in consonance with its initial pronouncement in February of this year that it was concluding resource mobilization with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for the conduct of an independent audit of IAA’s books, to include payroll for the period under retrospect.
According to a press release, the IAA wants to reaffirm its commitment to the exercise of having its books opened to an independent public account scrutiny in order to strengthen and resolve as an integrity institution, to continue to help improve the overall internal control environment as well as the operational performances of various entities of the Government of Liberia.
The release also states that of equal importance is the fact that the Senate’s PAC also established through its investigation that IAA’s accuser, Mr. Robert Neal, a sitting official of the government of Liberia, is on political asylum in the United States of America.
It details that towards that end, the Committee has recommended that the office of President George Manneh Weah be informed about the matter, and appropriate action be taken.
“It is crucially important to intimate that while our accuser could not substantiate any of his many claims of payroll paddling, conflict of interest, violation of public procurement procedures, among others, the IAA still remains committed to working along with the Liberian Senate and all other authorities concerned..,” the release says.
It continues that it will ensure that the recommendations from the report are achieved for the greater good of upholding transparency, accountability and integrity in public governance.
IAA reassures development partners and the people of Liberia of its determination to executing its mandate of providing assurances that the financial and operational activities of government are in compliance with applicable laws, policies, standards and procedures.
It concludes that no amount of unprovoked propaganda will have IAA distracted.—Press release