President Buhari Charges Auditors General of the Federation
By Philip Nwelih
Public officials and government agencies have been asked to see audit as a way of enhancing their performance, rather than a threat.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja, while flagging off the three-day conference of Auditors General of the federation.
Describing Auditors as champions of the anti-graft campaign, Buhari said the fight cannot be won until all Nigerians commit to ending the anomaly.
He added that he expects greater collaboration between them and other anti-corruption agencies, by providing quality audit reports to identify and forestall corruption in State and Local government areas, as it relates to theft of public funds.
The President noted that the recent convictions of four governors, shows that the auditors are either compromised or constrained while discharging their duties.
Earlier, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine, said the gathering highlights the importance the current administration placed in their job.
While noting that corruption was the bane of national development, Mr Ayine said the current laws guarding Auditing job in Nigeria was obsolete and called for the enactment of an Audit Act to help strengthen their work.
The three-day Conference which was put together by the Office of the Auditors-General of the Federation is tagged: Building Government Audit Institutions Nigeria needs for the 21st Century.