The Auditor-General for the Federation in a group photograph with participants at the 8th batch of the training on FAM and CAM on Monday October 8th 2018 at the Public Service Institute, Abuja.
The Auditor-General for the Federation (AUGF), Anthony Mkpe Ayine has reiterated the need for staff of the office to seek to equip themselves with the relevant information and tools necessary for carrying out auditing in a fast changing world.
Ayine said this when he declared open the last of eight batches of training for staff of the office on Financial Audit Methodology (FAM) and Compliance Audit Methodology (CAM), at the Public Service Institute in Abuja.
“The importance of this training should be to upgrade your skill set. Anything short of that is a misplaced priority. Those who aspire to the top will never be satisfied with this general training. To go far, you must see this training as a foundation,” he said.
The AuGF explained that his decision to personally declare the training open is to afford him the opportunity to interact with members of staff directly, as well as underscore the importance the current management attaches to training and retraining, stressing that “if we are to remain relevant, we must acquire the appropriate skills to meet the needs of our clients”.
(R-L) The Auditor-General for the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine, in company of the Deputy Director of Training and Staff Welfare, Ishmael Agan, as they make their way out of the training centre on Monday 8th October 2018 at the Public Service Institute, Abuja.
Speaking further, he added, “We want an office where irrespective of your location within Nigeria, we are seen to be operating within the same standards and it is a collective responsibility. We must add value to the clients we are auditing. The problem we are currently facing stems from the fact that our clients are yet to see the benefits or value of the work we are doing”.
Ayine noted that Nigeria as a Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) under the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions –English Speaking (AFROSAI-E) scale of measurement, is still on level 2, meaning that the office is still developing and not yet mature. However, the office is making conscious efforts to move to the next stage.
He commended the facilitators for their competence, and especially over the fact that they are staff of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF), noting that “in the past, we had invited trainers from other African countries, but today we have trained and are using our own. I strongly believe that soon, we will also be exporting our facilitators to help other countries”.
Responding to issues raised during a brief question and answer session, the AuGF assured that plans were ongoing to ensure that every staff is given a laptop to work with, at no cost to them. On the issue of posting, he stressed that posting after 4 years should not attract any complaints and warned against the practice of looking for “juicy” postings.
While reacting to a question on why some staff at the states are side-lined and prevented from participating in auditing assignments alongside auditors sent from the headquarters, Ayine stressed that trainings can also take the form of on-the-job assignments and charged staff to endeavour to bring such cases incidences to his attention in the future.
The aim of the training on compliance and financial audit methodologies is in line with the office’s quest to key into the International Standards for Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) while reporting its audit findings going forward.
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