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THE LAUNCHING OF SLRTC REPORT
Date: 2014-06-10

THE LAUNCHING OF SLRTC REPORT

The Anti-Corruption Commission launched a Systems Review Report on the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) on the 6th June, 2014 at the Cathedral Hall in Freetown.

The reason for the review of SLRTC was that in recent times there has been growing concern among members of the public about the deteriorating quality of services provided by the Corporation. This coupled with the negative reports received by the Commission about the Management of the Corporation necessitated the intervention of the Anti-Corruption Commission in the institution.

A review of the practices and procedures was conducted and a report of management responses produced and validated that was incorporated into the final report.

Some of the review findings were:-
1) Lack of a Financial manual
2) Cash handling system in the payment for bus hiring
3) Members of the board involve in the bus hiring process
4) Manager  in charge of bus hiring procuring Uniforms for staff
5) Variances discovered in the sale of Bus tickets by the Bo agent
6) Passengers paying for luggage but tickets not issued to them
7) The Bank account balances of the Corporation in constant deficit for the past six months prior to our intervention.
8) Members of the Board in sub-committees of the Corporation.
9) Procurement Procedures not followed
10) Low remuneration of the General Manager
11) Some Local Purchase Order (LPOs) raised
12) Discrepancies Discovered in the (LPOs)
13) Financial Statement not prepared in accordance with Financial standards i.e. no “notes to accounts” and depreciation calculations.
14) No withholding tax deductions from payment to suppliers.
15) No strategic plan.
16) Back log in external audit. Accounts not audited since 2009.
17) No proper management of the properties of the Corporation.

RECOMMENDATIONS
 90% of the recommendations contained in the report were accepted during validation of the report.
 5% of the recommendations were further reviewed and adjusted accordingly.
 Proof of action of 5% of the recommendations was made available to the review team during
validation.

ISSUES ALREADY ADDRESSED BY THE CORPORATION
 Payments for the hiring of buses are now paid into the bank accounts of the Corporation
 Actions taken on the discrepancies
 Administrative action taken on the discrepancies discovered on the sale of tickets in Bo.
 Withholding tax now deducted from payment to suppliers.

NEXT STEP OF THE REPORT
 SLRTC to take ownership of the report
 ACC to monitor the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report.
 SLRTC to setup Internal Monitoring team to monitor the implementation of the recommendations before the intervention of the ACC.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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