The Internal Audit Department is to provide a complete and continuous audit of accounts and records of revenue, expenditure, assets, allocated and unallocated stores. It also measures and evaluates the effectiveness of the internal control system of the Ministry.
The Department is directly responsible to the Accounting Officer, the Permanent Secretary.
The Department has 18 staff. It is headed by a Director, and assisted by a Deputy Director. The Department has two Sections, namely Capital and Recurrent. Each of the Sections is headed by an Assistant Director.
The functions of the Internal Audit Department are as follows:
(i) It conducts internal investigation and evaluation of activities for Management;
(ii) It carries out both financial and management audit of other activities of the Ministry with a view to monitoring their efficiency and effectiveness;
(iii) It produces audit programmes to cover all accounting records of the Ministry;
(iv) Ensuring compliance with Audit Guidelines, Financial Regulations, Accounting codes and other extant rules;
(v) Ensuring adequate supervision and audit of the disbursement of public funds and proper monitoring and accounting for Revenue;
(vi) Advising the Accounting Officer on all audit matters, technical provisions of the audit regulations and Treasury Circulars;
(vii) Ensuring periodic check of all Government Statutory Corporations, Commissions and Agencies under the Ministry;
(viii) Ensuring Training programmes for Audit Staff to prepare them for the efficient performance of their duties;
(ix) Liaising with the Accountant General from time to time in the interpretation of the provisions of the Financial Regulations and other Treasury Circulars where necessary;
(x) Management Audit of System and Procedures in force of the various activities of the Ministry;
(xi) Monitor Projects executed for value for money (performance Audit);
(xii) Assisting the Permanent Secretary in ensuring the laid down procedures are being observed in tendering contracts; and
(xiii) Store keeping with a view to preventing wastages, pilferages, extravagance and for Transparency and Accountability.