The Auditor-General’s 2016 Report on the Public Accounts of Sierra Leone has been tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 12th June, 2018.
As the guardian of public funds, the Auditor-General checks government’s performance to ensure that funds are used for their intended purposes.
Among the many issues raised by the report is poor transparency and accountability in local governance.
The common issues with the chiefdoms include: Chiefdom Committees not operational; missing receipt books to the tune of Le147, 200,000; disbursement without supporting documents; revenue collected not banked but put into immediate use; monthly bank reconciliations not carried out; failure to maintain asset registers; non-presentation of vital documents and withdrawal/disbursement of funds without supporting documents.
For the 18 chiefdoms audited in the three districts: Port Loko, Bombali and Kenema, missing receipt books amounted to Le147,200,000, disbursement without supporting documents accounted for Le215,658,743 and revenue not brought into account Le61,125, 500.
The Auditor-General has also simplified the report by producing a graphic representation and summary of this report. The full report and the simplified version can be access at:FINAL_ Auditor-General_s Report- 2016 Graphic Representation & Summary