The Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce has been decorated with the award of "Grand Officer of the Order of the Rokel" by His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. The prestigious award was presented to the Auditor General during the nation’s 56th Independence anniversary on 27 April 2017 at a grand ceremony at State House, Freetown.
Mrs Taylor-Pearce was honoured with the award in recognition of her diligent and dedicated service to the state particularly in the field of public finance and auditing. It was highlighted that since Mrs Taylor-Pearce became the Auditor General of Sierra Leone in 2011, she has set out nearly a thousand recommendations for improving public financial management. It was also revealed that the Mrs Taylor-Pearce’s industrious leadership of the ASSL has greatly increased the profile of the institution.
The colourful ceremony attracted government ministers, other public officials, development partners, members of the diplomatic and consular corps and Sierra Leoneans from various walks of life.
Mrs Lara Taylor- Pearce has won the hearts of many of her compatriots with courage and judiciously guarding her country’s financial resources. It would be recalled that in December 2015, she bagged the Anti-Corruption Commission’s iconic National Integrity Award for her steadfast fight against corruption. Hard on the heels of this award, just twelve months later, Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce also landed another major integrity award given to her by the esteemed anti-graft civil society organisation, Accountability Now Sierra Leone, in recognition of her vigorous efforts at protecting the public resources of her country.
Since she became the Auditor General of Audit Service Sierra Leone, Mrs Taylor-Pearce has demonstrated remarkable courage in her audit of government institutions accountable for public funds, and has consistently and confidently exposed accountability shortfalls wherever they occur in her Annual Reports since 2011. Furthermore, she has exhibited an uncompromising commitment to high ethical standards and a passion for accountability and transparency in the discharge of her responsibilities.