Members of the newly formed County Executive Audit Committee have been urged to be vigilant and focused and ensure sanity prevailed in county offices as they embarked on their oversight role in monitoring fiscal matters in the executive arm of the county.
Addressing its members when they held their inaugural meeting, Finance CECM Roble Siid Nunow assured the auditors led by their Chairman Ibrahim Aden Khalil (CPA) of his full support.
He reminded them that they were set to play an important role in internal controls and governance and urged them to be strong and prudent when they faced resistance and hostility in the course of their work.
The Public Finance Management Act, 2012 and Public Finance Management Regulation, 2015 requires that each public entity shall establish an Audit Committee.
Garissa County under the guidance of H.E Governor Ali Korane has become one of the first counties to set up this committee.
The Audit Committee forms a key element in the governance process by providing an independent expert assessment of the activities of top management, the quality of the risk management, financial reporting, financial management and internal audit, to the county executive.
Another important role is to ensure that external audit recommendations are fully addressed, that the quality of internal audit is of an appropriate standard and that line management has full regard to internal audit recommendations.
Properly exercised, their role is vital in being the watchdog for the independence of internal audit and in ensuring that the information made available to the owners (the stakeholders) is reliable thereby enabling them to make a judgment about the quality of the management and the future prospects for the county government.
Also present during the meeting were Secretary to the committee CFE Zeinab Hussein Dunto who is the Director Internal Audit Services, Aminazahra Mohamed – Member, Mohamed Elmi – Member and Abdikadir Aden – Member.