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CREFIAF Must Unite Against Challenges – Minister 

By Yerima Kini Nsom & Lionel Tsoungui
 

The President of the Executive Organ of the Regional Council for Supreme State Control Institutions of Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, known by its French acronym as CREFIAF, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, has stated that State Controlled Institutions must stand united in order to seek solutions to the problems impeding their smooth functioning.

Eyebe Ayissi, who is also the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of the Supreme State Audit, sounded the caution in Yaounde recently on the occasion of the fourth Extraordinary General Assembly of the CREFIAF.

Addressing delegates from member states, Eyebe Ayissi stressed on the fact that it was only through perpetual research on new action strategies, creativity and innovation that the organisation would surmount the financial and technical hurdles it is facing. He insisted that there are stakes in merging ideas and capacities to identify appropriate solutions to pertinent problems facing the regional institution.
 

During the gathering which brought together all member states, 19 from Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, three from Lusophone Africa and one from Hispanophone Africa, delegates evaluated the strides achieved since the last meeting in Kinshasa, July 2013, and the problems which the control organs situated in the south of the Sahara are facing, notably; that of financing the activities of its organs.

The points discussed focused on a finance strategy for the CREFIAF, a development plan for the affairs of the CREFIAF and a study on the coercive measures to be undertaken by member institutions still owing contribution arrears.
 

The organisation has as main objectives: the promotion of cooperation between Supreme State Control Institutions of the sub-region; promoting the integration of women to the professional activities of the organs; promoting the fight against corruption and poverty, promoting human rights, democracy and good governance; promoting the protection of the environment and ensuring the training of specialists in verification. It comprises 23 organs, 19 from Francophone sub-Saharan Africa, four from Lusophone Africa and has as Headquarters, Yaounde.
 

According to the Director of Training and International Affairs at the Supreme State Audit in Yaounde, Alfred Enoh, they need more funds to deliver their delicate assignment that consists of ensuring that funds allocated for development projects are used for their purpose for the wellbeing of the students.
 

“We propose corrective measures that enable the Government to reduce the risks of the mismanagement of public funds. Enoh said they propose measures for Government to minimize corruption and the embezzlement of public funds. Given their heavy tasks, Enoh said, Supreme State Control Institutions in Africa need money for the recruitment and training of personnel as well as the buying of equipment. 

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