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|Incoming Fellow Wins Performance Audit Award|
|Thursday, 21 May 2009 20:00|
A Ghana Audit Service team led by incoming CCAF Fellow Lawrence Ayagiba has won a competition intended to promote the development of performance audit among English speaking African Supreme Audit Institutions.
The annual African performance audit competition was launched in 2008 by the African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E). It is financed by the Swedish National Audit Office. The four-member review team consisted of representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
The winning audit report, which looked at the management of police residential accommodation, was one of six entered into the competition. Ms. Karin Lindell, Auditor General of Sweden, said the report was selected because of its “high quality, readability, good analysis and significance.”
The team that carried out the audit included Lawrence Ayagiba, Assistant Auditor General (team leader); Habib Mohammed Wahab, Principal Auditor; and Denis Agbleze, Senior Examiner of Accounts. The team's prize is a one week study visit to the Swedish National Audit Office.
The Ghana Audit Service is a participant in CCAF's International Legislative Audit Assistance Program.
Two Ghana Audit Service auditors graduated from the Fellowship component of the program in 2007-2008: Henry Missah and Yaw Sifah. A third Fellow from Ghana, Jacob Essilfie, will graduate from the 2008-2009 Fellowship program.
In June 2007, CCAF led workshops in Ghana aimed at strengthening parliamentary oversight, increasing awareness about performance auditing and improving cooperation between the Ghana Audit Service and the Public Accounts Committee.
CCAF Executive Director Michael Eastman said Mr. Ayagiba's success suggests he will be an excellent CCAF Fellow. “When we interviewed him for our program, he struck us as a very capable audit professional with leadership qualities,” he said. “We congratulate him on the award and look forward to welcoming him to Canada.”
CCAF Graduate Fellows Henry Missah and Yaw Sifah were recently interviewed by former CCAF Chair Michael McLaughlin as part of a study CCAF is carrying out on CIDA's behalf to identify some of the better practices for international capacity development assistance to audit offices from the perspective of the recipients.
Both have played significant roles in the Ghana Audit Service since their return home in 2008. Mr. Missah, an Assistant Director of Audit, is a team leader on value-for-money projects. He was recently assigned responsibility for the preparation of a Strategic Plan for 2009-2013 for the Performance Audit Department. He also defined the roles and responsibilities of all key players who discharge the Service's performance audit mandate.
Mr. Sifah, an Assistant Auditor General, Performance Audit, provides strategic direction to the Performance Audit Department. He also serves on the national steering committee for Ghana's Local Service Delivery and Governance Programme. He was a member of an AFROSAI-E Quality Assurance team that evaluated the performance audit practices of the Kenyan National Audit Office.