With Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
The Internal Audit Board is re-strategising to chart a new strategic direction for the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) that will drive its vision of providing value-added internal audit service to all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Speaking at a Strategic Planning Workshop at Sogakope in the Volta Region last Friday, the Board Chairman, Nii Adumansa-Baddoo, indicated that the key focus of the new strategic direction was the re-branding and effective promotion of the internal audit practice in Ghana.
The rational, he stated, was to bring internal audit functions to the forefront of national developmental agenda, through the building of strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders such as the Ghana Audit Service, Public Procurement Authority, the Legislature, the Judiciary, Ghana Integrity Initiative, and the media.
The Chairman further observed that the Internal Audit Agency, would, as part of its re-branding strategy, make strenuous efforts to increase public access to information on internal audit activities, by employing a multi-media approach to effectively market the unique product of value-added Internal Audit functions.
This is particularly so, given that at this stage of Ghana’s democratic governance, most well-meaning Ghanaians would expect the IAA to make a much greater impact by leading the crusade against corruption, and promoting probity and accountability within the public sector, the Board Chairman added.
The Internal Audit Board is also advocating for the consolidation of the internal audit resources of all the MDAs and MMDAs, under the IAA, which will then be considered as the head of the Internal Audit Class.
This change, when implemented, will ensure the independence, objectivity and protection of internal audit profession, the Chairman said.