The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) will finalize 94 audit reports, including 39 government audit reports and 55 regional and local authority and statutory body audit reports, during the 2021/22 financial year.
This was said by Minister in the Presidency, Christina //Hoebes in Parliament on Monday when she presented the Office of the Auditor-General’s budget for approval. The office received an allocation of N$ 108 267 000 in the 2021/22 Appropriation Bill.
According to her, the audit reports will be finalized along with 60 asset inspection processes and 12 specialized audit reports, including performance audits, information systems and environmental audit reports.
//Hoebes further said the OAG will conduct performance and environmental audits on the implementation of the school feeding programme by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, disease outbreak by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, water demand management by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Food Bank programme by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, as well as a follow-up audit on youth unemployment by the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Services during the 2021/22 financial year.
“Key performance indicator audits are used to find out how organisations are performing and what they can do to make the entity operate better in the medium and long-term plan using set objectives from strategic and aligned documents. Three standalone compliance audits will be conducted in the 2021/22 financial year on the Maintenance Act (level of compliance at schools) and the Procurement Act,” she explained.
Additionally, the OAG will pursue public expenditure oversight, independence and legal framework and policy co-ordination and support services as main programmes during the 2021/22 financial year.
The Public Expenditure Oversight programme, which requires funding of N$ 69 million, consists of financial audits of all offices, ministries and agencies, statutory bodies, town council, local authority and various funds, as well as value for money audits which include compliance, environmental, information, performance and key performance indicator audits.
Meanwhile, the independence and legal framework programme will require funding of over N$ 2 million to strengthen public sector auditing through autonomous legal frameworks and to enhance financial and operational independence.
The policy coordination and support services programme requires over N.dollars 36 million to help facilitate the operations of the OAG and to assist audit components of the office with logistical and technical support.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)