EPA Hosts TOT Workshop For GAC Environmental Audit Department
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 started a four day Training of Trainers Workshop for Auditors of the Environmental Audit Department (EAD) at the General Auditing Commission.
In chitchat with Fatu A. Kamara, Manager of Environmental Audit Department (EAD), said while the department is a newly structured specialized audit department, her expectations are that the training will provide them the basis on environmental law, international convention and regulatory frame work of Liberia including the environments to be audited.
Making the disclosure earlier, Kou Dorliae, Environmental Lawyer of EPA said that a month and half ago, the GAC contacted EPA to conduct environmental training for the Environmental Auditors on EPA Regulations. She stressed the need for auditors to apply what they have learned internationally and in the training to apply it to the Liberian context in terms of Liberian laws on EPA role in the auditing process. She hope that at the end of the training, the audit process will be strengthened because they will have a better understanding, better capacity for Liberia environmental laws and regulations.
For his part, Mr. Janifan Davies of Bio-diversity Coordination Division at the Environmental Protection Agency, intermitted that the training workshop is aimed at setting the perspective right for understanding Environmental Legislations and their application to audits and strengthened the performances to do environmental audit unobstructed in an effective and efficient way.
Speaking to Mr. Prince Konneh, Acting Director of Training and Professional Development who maintained that the Training Department was created to ensure that staff within GAC has the requisite qualification to perform adequately and effectively on the job in making sure that GAC fulfilled its mandate. He maintained that staffs within each department will have continuous training to ensure the smooth operation of the GAC. Asked as to why the Training Department has taken capacity building from the Human Resource Department, the Acting Director was quick to voice out that the two departments were operating collaboratively in building the capacities of staffs of the GAC.
GAC’s Management appreciates the effort by EPA to partner with the GAC to enhance the capacity of the staff and looks forward to have collaborative relationship between GAC and other Government entities.