Liberia: Internal Audit Authority Cleans Ghost Names from Police, Immigration and Drug Enforce Agency Payroll

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Monrovia– With a tight fiscal space and small budget coupled with competing priorities, finding a way to cut down waste is a laudable venture. 

In an effort to do just that, the Internal Audit Authority (IAA) has ended a payroll clean-up exercise affecting the Liberia National Police, Liberia Immigration Service and Drug Enforcement Agency which is expected to save the government millions of United States Dollars.

The IAA Director Emmanuel B. Nyenswa added auditing of payroll is helping the government to save a lot of money in order to undertake new projects. 

Nyenswa added that Ministry of Justice personnel audit will help eliminate ghost names from the payroll, an age old problem. 

Recently the Internal Audit Authority embarked on payroll clean-up that affected the Ministry of Health, Education.

“This will help the Ministry to increase salary, put volunteer teachers on payroll,” Director General Nyenswa said.

For the IAA to effectively perform, the Director General Nyenswa disclosed that the institution under his leadership has been able to build the capacity of employees by providing them training opportunity but internationally and locally.

Nyenswa disclosed that the institution now has a testing center that allow employees and professionals to have the opportunity to take international professional auditing exams.

“The center is not only for employees, auditors will have the opportunity to do their Certify Internal Auditor test here,” Nyenswa asserted.

The Director General looking ahead added that the IAA this 2019 intend to do a massive payroll clean-up exercise across government Ministries and Agencies.

The Minister of State Nathaniel McGill on Thursday toured the newly furbish office of the Internal Audit Authority, stressing that his visit is show support to the IAA.

Director Nyenswa praised the government for its support adding that this is a clear manifestation that President George Weah is open and willing to fight corruption.

Director Nyenswa said auditing is a priority for the government adding that Minister of State visit signaled government’s commitment for transparency and accountability.

Director General Nyenswa disclosed to Minister McGill that the relocation of IAA and upgrading of the office is purely government funded.

Minister McGill who looked surprise after viewing the facility thanked Director General Nyenswa for the job well doing adding that he didn’t know IAA has move to Congo Town.

 Minister McGill promise to convey to the President the level of development been carry out by the new team at the IAA. Director General Nyenswa outlined several achievements made by the institution ranging from the Ministry of Health Payroll audit to the recent Ministry of Education payroll audit and the upcoming audit report of the Ministry of Justice.

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