“…However, we noted that the retirement details, in respect of the US$145,000 that was given to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to meet the cost of social mobilisation, were not made available for verification. Therefore this issue remains unresolved,” the Audit Report on the Management of Ebola Fund Phase 2 revealed.

Audit Service Sierra Leone

The Audit Report exposed that funds which amounted to US$145,000 and Le7,542,607,075 were given to some government and non-governmental institutions (such as the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Freetown City Council, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Bread for World Partners etc.) to meet the cost of social mobilisation and other support activities for the eradication of the EVD but that the retirement details to justify the utilisation of such funds were not made available for inspection.

According to the report, the Auditors may not be able to ascertain whether those funds were utilized for the intended purposes.

Therefore they recommended that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) should forward the retirement details to the Audit Service within 30 days of the receipt of this report; otherwise the funds in question should be refunded.

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The auditors furthered that the CEO should ensure that funds given to other institutions to carry out activities for the eradication of the EVD are properly accounted for.

In response the Management of NERC said that except for the payment to MOHS for US$145,000 which in their word they have written to the Ministry about more than once, all of these documents are available for inspection as they were mostly managed in separate files.