AUDITOR GENERAL No documents to audit
By Jale Richard
The Auditor General is facing lack of documents to audit due to hiding of information by government officials, which impedes their work.
In an exclusive interview on Monday, Ambassador Stephen K. Wondu the Auditor General said their work was being impeded by government officials and heads of institutions that do not easily avail documents to be audited.
“It takes long some times for government agencies to provide us with information,” Wondu said. “Sometimes we don’t get it at all and that limits our scope to perform and yet the constitution insists that we must produce and in spite of these challenges we must produce.”
Wondu said many managers are suspicious of auditors because they think auditors will expose their shortfalls.
“There is a misconception that we are looking for fault, and we are looking to victimize others which was not the case, instead we want to ensure that the resources of the country are utilized as specified by the law. There is no intention of witch hunting and victimization,” he said.
Wondu said their primary duty to auditees is to help them use the resources at their disposal in a way that maximize and optimize their objectives and missions. “When we point out errors or frauds in our reports, we do so to help the institution address and redress the shortcomings,” he said.
The Auditor General also added that due to periodic re-structuring of the government, their plans had to be subjected to periodic reviews which pose great legal and technical challenges.
For example, he said, creation of more states factored in a situation that left the former states unaudited since there was no legal provision to audit them.
He said frequent change of government officials and heads of institutions also did not allow for auditing of those who had not been audited.
“Our worth and value to our government and society lies in upholding the provisions of our laws,” Wondu said.