Ebola Fund Audit Report Expected in Senate Today

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The General Auditing Commission (GAC) is expected to present the final audit report on the Ebola Trust Fund to the Liberian Senate today.

 Prior to its Easter break, the plenary of the Senate requested the GAC to make a report on the Ebola Trust Fund.

But in a communication dated March 30, 2015, the GAC through its Director General requested the Senate to extend the deadline for the submission of the final audit report on the Ebola Trust Fund to Monday, April 6, 2015, instead of the March 30, 2015, deadline.

According to that communication, the GAC was expected to analyze the responses during the extension period and complete the audit process accordingly.

The GAC further explained that the final exit conference with the Incident Management System (IMS), and its implementing partners was set for Friday, April 3, 2015; and that the AG’s final report would have been presented to the National Legislature on Monday, April 6, 2015.

The communication, signed by the Deputy AG for Administration, Foday S. Kiazolu, informed the lawmakers that any additional response emanating from the IMS and IPs (Implementing Partners) after the exit conference would not be accepted by the GAC.  

“Accordingly, the GAC will direct them to submit their responses to the National Legislature.”

The GAC’s April 6, 2015, deadline for the final audit report, however, coincided with the Senators’ Easter break, which ended yesterday. They are expected to return to the Capitol today to resume normal sittings.

It may be recalled that last September during the height of the Ebola epidemic, Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, wrote a letter requesting a mandate from plenary of the Senate to have all Ebola activities audited by the GAC.

Senator Lawrence’s request was granted and approved by plenary and a letter was sent to the GAC from the leadership of the Senate mandating it to audit all Ebola activities funded by the government and through the government.

But having waited for well over six months, the Grand Bassa lawmaker again last week raised the red flag, reminding the plenary that the GAC needs to comply with the Senate’s request to conduct the audit; and requested an additional mandate from plenary to have the GAC go and brief plenary on the status of the audit report.

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