Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine, a Nigerian citizen, was born on 25th October 1960, in Bokalum, Boki LGA, Cross River State. He graduated with B.Sc (Hons) degree in Accounting from the esteemed Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1986 and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the equally prestigious University of Calabar, in 1993.
He was the Best Graduating Student in the Department of Business Studies in 1982/83 in the Cross River State School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, where he obtained the IJMB ‘A’ Levels.
Mr. Anthony Ayine’s professional career is filled with sterling qualities quite early in life. Having passed the final qualifying examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in November 1998, he was admitted Associate Member of the Institute (ACA) in 1999. He was further elevated Fellow of the Institute (FCA) in 2010. Indeed, it is of immense importance to note that Mr. Ayine is a Certified Forensic Accountant (CFA) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) as well as the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).
Mr. Ayine began his working career in the then Audit Department (now office of the State Auditor-General) of Cross River State in May 1988 and served until 1992 as Auditor 1 when he moved to join the then State financial institution, Equity and Investment Company Limited, in Calabar where he progressed to the position of Principal Manager in charge of Finance in 1999.
Realising the importance of his expertise, skill and experience, the Cross River State Government invited him back to mainstream Government Civil Service to take charge of the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) in the State Ministry of Finance.
In September 2001, Mr. Ayine was subsequently appointed Auditor-General for Local Governments, a position which charges him with auditing of accounts of all 18 local governments of Cross River State. This was the position he held until he was appointed Auditor-General for the Federation on January 12, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari after emerging tops at rigorous mandatory written and oral interviews as set out for the position in accordance with the Federal Civil Service Commission.
In the course of his professional career and duty he has attended several courses and trainings locally and internationally which have expanded his professional horizon and enriched his competences. A thorough-bred professional, Mr. Ayine has also served in several special and strategic committee assignments, all of which fittingly prepared him well for the tasks and challenges at hand.
Mr Anthony Mkpe Ayine is a devout Christian and happily married with five children. He enjoys football, swimming and reading in his leisure moments.