HC Deb 14 December 1955 vol 547 cc1196-7
41. Mr. N. Pannell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what plans have been made in West African Colonies to train Africans as auditors.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In Nigeria and the Gold Coast facilities available include intensive departmental training schemes, courses at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology and the Kumasi College of Technology, and special courses overseas, one Gambia officer is being trained in this country. I have asked the Governor of Sierra Leone for information about that territory and will write to my hon. Friend when I receive it.

Mr. Pannell

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether he is aware that there is a serious shortage of auditors in Northern Nigeria which is causing a loss of public funds, and would he deal with that in his reply?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I know that there is a shortage, but I believe that 112 West Africans are sitting for this year's examination, and I wish them luck.

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