‘Audit On NPHIL Was Not Comprehensive Enough,’ Joint Public Accounts Committee of The Legislature Discloses

In Pic: Sen. Emmanuel Nuquay, Health Min. Dr. Willimina Jallah & NPHIL Comptroller Fidel Wiah

A full day of public hearings on Capitol Hill focused on NPHIL, Ministry of Health, GAC, PPCC and other institutions continues at the joint chambers of the Legislature after a full conclusion of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

The hearing is being presided over by Margibi Senator, Emmanuel Nuquay along with other ranking members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The General Auditing Commission and NPHIL faced off on a forensic audit conducted 2016/2017 & 2017/2018.

The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) represented by its Comptroller, Fidel Wiah made series of clarity concerning the audit while Legislators quizzed all sides to ascertain the facts.

NPHIL’s Comptroller acknowledged some findings within the report and revealed that corrective measures were in place to curtail reoccurrence.

He said the issue of multiple accounts have been sorted out and various donor funding have now been placed in separate accounts which weren’t the case at the very inception of the institute.

The Nuquay Committee at the same time frowned on some of the issues ignored and documentations not provided at some point but concluded that the GAC audit was not comprehensive enough for action.

Senator Nuquay prevailed on GAC to audit the 25 million GoL funding given to various institutions during the COVID19 which in many instances have not been accounted for.

LEC, Commerce Ministry, Airport Authority, Justice Ministry amongst others received huge portions of the money and are yet to be audited; the Committee head requested what he called a 4G audit of these institutions.

He maintained that the Ministry of Health cannot be held accountable for monies provided to various institutions that are not answerable to the Ministry and wants the GAC revisit some of the proceedings that targeted the MoH.

He continued that there was a misunderstanding in the premise of the audit where HR and other departments that are sub contracted do not fully fall in the preview of the Incident Management team.

The Public Accounts Committee was delving deep into an audit report from General Auditing Commission (GAC) done on National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and submitted National Legislature on April 6, 2021.

 

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