By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Information gathered by this paper revealed that the current Director General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Barten Nyenswah reportedly falls short of criteria to head the entity
E. Barten Nyenswah was appointed early February by President George Weah to head the Internal Audit Agency and was subsequently confirmed by the Liberian Senate allegedly without proper due diligence carried out to ascertain whether or not he meets the standards of the IAA.
According to the Act establishing the IAA under qualifications, chapter 5.3 (a) states among other things that “the Director General of the IAA shall be a professionally, qualified accountant and a
member of a National Accountancy body.”
But this paper has been informed that Director General Nyenswah is not a member of the only accountancy body in the country, the Liberian Institution of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).
This was revealed through an inquiry made by this paper to LICPA regarding the membership of the IAA boss.
“The Director General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), E. Barten Nyenswah is not a member of the Liberian Institution of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA),” a communication from LICPA signed by its President, Steven Seimauvla and in the possession of this paper
The inquiry revealed that LICPA regulations section 2,
sub-section 1.18 clearly spells out that only licensed members of the institute are qualified to sign audit reports and Nyenswah is not one of them, therefore he should not be signing audit reports, because according to LICPA, it makes such report illegal.
Liberia Institution of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) is part of three international accountancy organizations which the Act also takes highly into consideration, the Association of Accountancy Body of West Africa (ABWA), the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and
the International Federation of Accountants (IFA).
Meanwhile, when contacted the IAA boss, his administrative Assistant, Isaac Charleson accused the former IAA boss Paul Collins of running smell campaign against the current IAA boss.
Charleson said Nyenswah is a professional accountant with international experiences who is also a member of several international body.
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