Ten staff members of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) leave Liberia on Monday, 3 September 2012 for Nanjing, Jiangsu Providence, The People’s Republic of China to pursue a two-year master degree in auditing at Nanjing Audit University (NAU). The ten staff members are also expected to blend their studies with professional certification programs where applicable.
The ten staff members who are expected to specialize in Corporate Governance and Internal Auditing, Economic Accountability Auditing, Project Auditing, Financial Auditing among others are: Jasper T. Chouwoe; Emmanuel M. Williams; Morris V. Korvah; Bedee N. Kanneh; Francis Y. Wallace; Gabriel M. Tarpleh; Charlotte P. Weah (CFE); Priscilla C. Massaley; Lenin T. Dwana; and Vincette C. Doe (CFE). The ten GAC staff-members met the competitive recruitment criteria including a minimum GPA of 3.00.
The opportunity for the study derived from the visit of the then Acting Auditing General Winsley Nanka in October 2011 to the People’s Republic of China upon the invitation of the China National Audit Office (CNAO) and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to attend a cooperation workshop between the CNAO and the Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - English Speaking African Countries (AFROSAI-E). The workshop was conducted at Nanjing Audit University, where the former Acting AG appealed to the President of the University to provide opportunity to GAC staff members to study at the University.
The University’s authority accepted the former Acting Auditor General’s request; as a result, ten staff members were accepted by the University. The University awarded two scholarships which were awarded to two staff members with the highest GPA, Lenin T. Dwana, and Vinnette C. Doe, CFE. The remaining eight are being sponsored by the General Auditing Commission and the World Bank.
This is the third batch of staff members of the GAC to travel outside the country to pursue advanced degrees and professional certification as part of the capacity building effort as embedded in the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan of the Commission. The GAC sent twelve (12) staff members to the United States of America for advanced degrees and thirty three (33) staff members would be returning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in December 2012 with graduate degrees and professional certifications after successfully completing two-years of study. Six (6) of the twelve (12) staff members sent to the United States are currently part of the workforce and contributing immensely to the work of the GAC.