The Northern Regional Coordinating Council’s (NRCC) Internal Audit Unit has been recognized as the best in the country for the 2022/2023 Auditing year, within the Municipal and District Assemblies Category. This prestigious honour was bestowed upon them at the 2023 Annual Internal Audit Conference in Accra.
During the conference, the Chief Director/RCD, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, and the Regional Internal Auditor, Mr. Abdulai Saani, received the award on behalf of the NRCC. This accolade was granted by the Internal Audit Agency in recognition of the unit’s outstanding performance in several key areas.
Under the leadership of Mr. Saani, the unit demonstrated its ability to identify and address internal control breakdowns, making insightful recommendations for their resolution. Their continuous pursuit of quality, eagerness to adopt new methodologies, and their cohesive teamwork further set them apart.
The positive impact of their achievements extended beyond regional recognition. Ghana was positioned at the forefront of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) members, securing the first place among ten award winners at the 2023 Open Government Global Summit in Tallinn, Estonia. The award was received by Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Senior Presidential Advisor, and Dr. E.O Osae, Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency, on behalf of Ghana.
The OGP introduced an “Inspirational Reforms” award to honour reformers leading the charge for open governance. Among the forty-seven global applications, the Internal Audit Agency’s submission on the topic “Public Accounts Committee and Audit Reports” claimed the top spot. This accolade was centred around the theme of “Anti-corruption.”
Ghana, through the initiative of the Internal Audit Agency, has made significant strides in combating corrupt practices within the public sector. Their efforts include the establishment of Audit committees, which play a pivotal role in ensuring the effective implementation of audit recommendations. Additionally, they’ve implemented measures such as publicly naming and shaming defaulters of audit report submissions in the country’s newspapers and pursuing legal action in cases of financial irregularities. These initiatives have substantially improved accountability, transparency, and financial management within Ghana’s public sector.