The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Mr Anthony Mkpe Ayine has expressed the willingness of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) to do all that is possible to strengthen internal audit function for good governance and the fight against corruption in the country.
Mr Ayine gave this commitment when the Forum of Heads of Internal Audit of Federal Health Tertiary Institutions paid him a visit on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 in Abuja.
The Auditor-General said he is an advocate for the strengthening of internal audit function. He stated that internal audit function is a critical component of audit because it is a preventive measure that strengthens other controls.
According to the Auditor-General global best practices dictate that external auditors of necessity need to interact with the internal auditors for a thorough evaluation work. Mr Ayine said as part of efforts to strengthen the collaboration between the internal and external auditors, OAuGF staff on audit inspection work are mandated to make the internal auditors their first point of contact. Furthermore, the review of work with the internal auditors must always be done first.
The AuGF acknowledged the important role of the internal auditor and the immerse benefit to management if they are allowed to work effectively. He therefore promised to explore the possibility of their being brought together as a body for effective collaboration and better service delivery.
Earlier in his speech the Chairman of the forum, Dr Jackson Okpachin acknowledged the enormous challenges of internal auditors and advocated for a department for internal auditors in the presidency. The move according to him will give some amount of independence to the internal auditors to enable them perform efficiently.
Dr Okpachin also mentioned the need for external auditors to recognise and carry the internal auditors along when they visit Ministries, Departments and Agencies for audit inspection.
He also appealed that the OAuGF involve internal auditors in training programmes for capacity building.
Ogunmosunle, O. A
DD (Media & Public Relations)
15th November, 2017