R-L: 5th position, the AuGF, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine, 6th position, the representative of the ICPC, Mr. Lawrence Abuo and the newly inducted members of ACTU, at the end of the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 at the Audit House, Abuja.
The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine, has warned those who delight in engaging in corrupt practices within the Office to desist from their ways as it will no longer be business as usual.
Mr Ayine gave the warning on Wednesday 16th May, 2018 during the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU) and induction of its members at the Audit House in Abuja.
He noted that the inauguration of ACTU was in line with an approval given on 2nd October, 2001 for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to establish an anti-corruption and transparency unit, which is in line with the goal of the current administration to completely eliminate corruption from the country’s public sector.
The AuGF urged members of the unit to ensure that they maintain personal integrity at all times in the discharge of their duties, assuring them of their autonomy and the support of his Office.
“Please note that you have a duty to stamp out all facets of corruption from this office… you are an independent body that reports directly to the ICPC and other relevant authorities. I therefore urge you to do your job well,” he stressed.
In a goodwill message delivered earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Abubakar, said that the unit is intended to complement the efforts of the ICPC in the fight against corruption in the public service and country at large.
Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Lawrence Abuo, praised the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) for its display of high level professionalism in carrying out its mandate, ensuring value for money in Government’s financial activities for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
He advised members of the unit not to use their office as a tool to witch-hunt or victimize staff, while urging the management of the OAuGF to support the unit with the adequate funding it requires to carry out its functions effectively.
His words, “You are aware that the ACTU of the OAuGF, just like the others, is a microcosm of the ICPC, and it will continue to undertake functions of the commission as specified in section 6 (a) – (f) of the corrupt practices and other related offences Act 2000, except in cases of prosecuting offenders”.
Responding to the charge, the Head of ACTU in the OAuGf, Mr. Gandu Magaji, thanked the AuGF for his commitment towards accountability and transparency in public offices and pledged the determination of his team to ensure that they carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the oath taken.
Magaji tasked his team members to be courageous and forthright, even as he advised other members of the Office not to run afoul of the law.
“Don’t have reasons for us to investigate you because we will say nothing but the truth. We are not going to witch-hunt, neither are we going to bury the truth,” he warned.
Ten members of staff of the OAuGF were inducted as members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit. Their duties will include reporting all alleged cases of corruption to the ICPC, undertaking preliminary investigation of petitions and handling cases of misconducts on matters relating to suppression of records to cover up fraud, false claim, bribery, embezzlement, dishonesty, falsification of records, etc.
Some members of the ACTU during the induction ceremony administered by Barr. Alice Bolarinwa on Wednesday 16th May, 2018, at the Audit House, Abuja.