5 Dec 2006

Solomon's auditor general says his office being pressured to hire more locals

12:04 pm on 5 December 2006

In Solomon Islands certain sections of the Government are calling for less foreign involvement in the auditor general's office.

Auditor General Floyd Fatai says some officials in government circles want the Regional Assistance Mission's or RAMSI's technical advisors and auditors to train locals in the auditor general's office and then leave.

He says they are arguing that the posts in the office should be localised.

However, Mr Fatai says he is not going to bow to the wishes of a few people, his office is poorly staffed and that the RAMSI officials are doing an excellent job.

He says those who are not happy with the work of his office fear being singled out in audits the office is undertaking.