Internal Audit Holds Public Lecture

Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo, Auditor General, Ghana Audit Service

The Internal Audit Directorate of the University of Ghana as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration has held a public lecture on the theme; Celebrating Excellence: Shaping the future through Internal Audit.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu in his remarks as the chairman for the occasion, congratulated the Internal Audit Directorate for a great work done over the 50 year period. He again commended both past and present staff of the Directorate whose immense contributions have helped in fulfilling the University’s vision of becoming a world-class research intensive University.  He added that the Internal Audit Directorate has over the years served as a proactive partner providing strategic support in upholding high ethical standards within the University. He further said that it was important for the Directorate to be well equipped and resourced as a strong internal audit structure depicts a strong institution.

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana

Ms. Tracy Asiedu-Dicker, a senior auditing assistant at the Internal Audit Directorate read a brief history of the Directorate stating that its antecedents could be traced to the University College of Gold Coast on August 11, 1948.  Tracing the history of the Internal Audit Directorate to the period when it was the responsibility of the Auditor-General of the Republic of Ghana to annually audit the accounts of the University, she mentioned that Mr. D. T. Prempeh was tasked on January 5, 1967, to establish the Internal Audit Unit in the University with support from the Ghana Audit Service and university appointees.  Mr. E. S. Okunor was assigned the first assessor of the University and in 2005, Mr. F. P. K. Agbekoh was appointed Acting Director of the Internal Audit Directorate when it was upgraded from a unit to a directorate. In October 2010, Mr. Angelo Habib who was appointed to succeed Mr. F. P. K. Agbekoh introduced risk-based auditing in the practice of their operations with all subsequent directors outlining new strategies, contributing to the growth of the Directorate.  Mrs. Justina Anomanyo-Tsagli led the Directorate in an acting capacity from 2016 until March 2017.  Dr. Ibrahim Bedi is currently the Acting Director of the Internal Audit Directorate.

Ms. Tracy Asiedu-Dicker presenting the history of the Internal Audit Directorate

The Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, Mr. Ransford Agyei delivered the first lecture on the topic, Public Finance Management: Governance, Management and Resourcing Internal Audit. He specified the role of an internal auditor as providing overall management support in all aspects of an institution’s governance. He was quick to clear the notion that auditors make rules and policies for institutions. He further outlined the importance of internal audit in an organization which is to improve efficiency. Additionally, he elaborated on the need for every organization to have code of ethics.

The Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, Mr. Ransford Agyei

The Auditor General of Ghana Audit Service, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domelevo delivered the second lecture on the topic, Public Finance Management: Improving Internal Audit Efficiency. He admonished all to respect and support the function of the internal audit and advised that the Directorate be well resourced to improve its efficiency.

A number of former staff of the Internal Audit Directorate graced the occasion.  In attendance was the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, the Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, and Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah.

Other highlights of the 50th anniversary are a visit to an Orphanage, Clean-up exercise at the University Hospital, Health Walk, Anniversary Dinner and a Thanksgiving Service.

A cross section of the audience