Liberia is ranked second in the world and number one country in Africa in auditing. Liberia’s second rank in auditing places her next to the United States which comes first in as number one country in auditing.
Liberia acquired the world’s second place and Africa’s number one country in auditing because of the landmark stance of the General Auditing Commission resistance to comply with the Liberian National Legislature orders compelling the Auditor General , John Morlu to pay a fine into government revenue for failure to comply with its orders directing the Auditor General to reinstate employees who were dismissed and told to reapply after the Commission was restructured by the Legislature, changing from a bureau to a full independent commission in concert with the constitution of Liberia.
The Auditor General insisted then that he could not comply with the Legislature orders on grounds that it was in contravention of the law and unconventional to good housekeeping and rudiments in public management, arguing once an entity is restructured, all employees automatically lost any previous contract of employment with an entity and could only be given the privilege of rehiring if that entity so deserved. The Auditor General refused to pay the contempt fine and took his argument to court and the commission was vindicated.
Though the landmark contempt case sealed Liberia’s fate of being the world’s second auditing nation and first on the African continent, other impressive milestone which collectively contributed to the country’s high score in auditing include but not limited to the country’s achievement in auditing, meaning, Liberia archived in just two years what other African countries like Gambia and others achieved in 10 years.
In its unwavering “leave no stone unturned auditing policy”, the General Auditing Commission aggressively audited and repossessed government properties. Warehouses at the Freeport of Monrovia in the illegal possession of individuals and companies, making money for themselves impersonating as their personal properties have long been confiscated by the Commission and turn over to the Liberian government and today, the government is accruing 30 million United States dollars in storage fees from the warehouses.
In other development, Auditor General John Morlu commended his entire team for their unflinching commitment to the commission and the prestige their commitment had earned the commission being one of the foremost auditing institutions in short a short span of time. He underscored that Liberians are smart people and all they need is the tools and requisite training. He said one does not need to be an account to be an auditor but all one needs is the training and character.
The GAC boss told his lieutenants that since his assignment to Liberia, he still uses the same car given to him when he first took up his assignment and would still use it even if he stays at the GAC for the next 10 years. He implied why should I put in for a $ 40,000.00 United States dollars car when I can instead put in for training abroad and other opportunities for employees at the commission which could strengthen the commission’s manpower base. The GAC boss said and that what he has done and will continue to do.
Today the GAC sent turned ordinary Liberian Yarna boys and young students into world class auditors and the commission has become a magnet for recruitment by the private sector, banks, financial, and other private and non governmental organization furiously biding for the human resource at the GAC.
Information from the GAC revealed the commission has to date sent 9 employees who have returned with master degrees and more have just been sent to Kenya for their masters.
At his recent meeting with GAC employees, the Auditor is quoting as saying he is proud of Liberians and takes happiness in building the intellectual and human resource of Liberia because when the b become educated, they will be useful to Liberia, be a better citizen, a help to their family and Liberia will profit immensely.