The Auditor-General’s office has asked all government ministries to exhaust internal audit processes available before referring matters to his office.
That’s according to the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo.
He stated that the poor level of training of internal auditors of some ministries has contributed to the constant referral of internal audit issues to the Auditor-General’s office.
MrDomelevo cited that issues like the payment of salaries should not be referred to the Auditor-Generals’ office, but rather be handled by the internal auditors of the various ministries.
Mr Domelevo, therefore, called on the various ministries to properly train their internal auditors top handle all internal audit issues of the ministries.
“What is happening is that because these internal auditors have not been treated the way I think they should be treated, the ministries are now referring their issues to the auditor-general to check for them instead of sending it to their internal auditors. We are supposed to come and look at the whole system including internal audit, not part of your process. But we’ve been doing that for the sake of protecting the public purse.”
The auditor-general, however, stated that it had decided not to entertain the requests of the ministries from this month.
“I have signed a warning since last year saying they should train their internal auditors, and give them what they need to do their own job. So from the 1st of June, we would not be entertaining Ministries telling us that they want to pay salaries so check it for us, we want to make this payment so check it for us. We will not entertain it. They have to use their internal auditors.”
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