By Siraju Bah
At the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown, staff of the Internal Audit Department held a farewell celebration on January 8 to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions of the architect and founder of the Internal Audit Department, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Reginald Sydney Fynn, who was proceeding on retirement from active service at the end of the yearill Valley.
The celebrated outgoing director is renowned for his acumen and astute leadership qualities that he has used to transform and bring laurel to the department and for his remarkable contributions in the public sector as he has served in various capacities in several institutions.
Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Fynn joined the Audit unit and later won an open scholarship to study in the United Kingdom and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974. He served in several other institutions like the Sierra Leone Civil Service, Fourah Bay College – a constituent college of the University of Sierra Leone as a lecturer, Shell (SL) Limited as Chief Accountant, IPAM as the coordinator for short and professional courses (AAT, ACCA and Banking), and the Freetown International Airport as the Finance and Admin Manager.
With the wealth of experience he acquired in the various institutions, Mr. Fynn was able to give a facelift to the department and bring in new ideas that have not only brought credibility to the department but also ensured its relevance in the governance system in the country.
In his farewell speech, Mr. Fynn encouraged internal auditors to uphold the integrity of the department and focus on the need to achieve the aim for which the department was established to ensure that there are robust internal controls in the various MDAs. He noted that if the required structures are put in place MDAs will not be seen to perpetuate recklessness and the issue of corruption and misappropriation of fund will be addressed.
He admonished them to be committed and dedicated to their work and urged them to cooperate with their vote controllers and other members of staff of their MDAs. He further encouraged them to work as a team, saying that team spirit is the backbone to success.
In his submission, the acting Director, Internal Audit Department, Kande Sesay, noted that the department was just a unit under the Accountant General’s office but has now been made a department in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for which Mr. Fynn played a pivotal role and served as its first Director, where he brought in a lot of reforms that have elevated the status of the department.
In an exclusive interview, Sulaiman Samura – head of the internal unit at the Ministry of Information and Communications, described Mr. Fynn as a ‘”custodian of integrity” in the civil service, who has contributed immensely to ensuring transparency and probity in the use of public funds.