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Africa’s Development Crippled by Poor Governance – AuGF

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The Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine (Right) shaking hands with the Chairman of the Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit Committee (PAC) of the Parliament of Liberia, Senator Henry Yallah (Left) on Friday 25th May, 2018 at the Audit House in Abuja.

The Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine, has stressed that issues surrounding governance and public financial management remains the bane of development in the continent.

Mr. Ayine made the assertion on Friday, 25th May, 2018 when an 11-man delegation from the Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit Committee (PAC) of the Parliament of Liberia, paid a courtesy visit to his office at the Audit House in Abuja.

He noted that “there can be no good governance without the pillars of accountability and transparency, which is critical for development. It is not a matter of how much resources we have, but how well the resources are utilized.”

The Auditor-General further added that the legislative arm of government and the Office of the Auditor-General have critical roles to play in ensuring financial accountability and harped on the need for a healthy relationship and strong communication system between both institutions.

“I would like to recommend to you that it is important that the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor-General maintain a healthy working relationship because the OAuGF provides the tools for the PAC to work with,” he said.

Mr Ayine also highlighted the importance of giving prompt attention and consideration to the reports submitted by the Auditor-General to include impacting positively on the system, and urged for necessary follow-up on the recommendations and resolutions passed by the members of Parliament after the public hearing of reports.

“If the excellent findings contained in the report of the Auditor-General are not taken up further, there can be no impact; but when the reports are treated on time, it would serve as a deterrent and reinforce the position of the Auditor-General,” he said.

Group photograph of the Auditor-General, Mr. Anothony Mkpe Ayine (6th Right) with management staff of the OAuGF and members of the PAC delegation from Liberia on Friday 25th May, 2018 at the Audit House in Abuja.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Public Accounts, Expenditure and Audit Committee (PAC) of the Parliament of Liberia, Senator Henry Yallah, who headed the delegation, explained that the team was in Nigeria on a 3-day study tour to learn some of the strategies Nigeria has adopted in the recovery of looted funds, in order to strengthen their system back at home.

There was cross-exchange of ideas and information between both sides during the meeting which lasted for about an hour and half.

Oghenekevwe Ebireri

For D. D. (Information)

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