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(L-R): The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF) Anthony Mkpe Ayine, the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar, during the Anti-Corruption workshop on Tuesday 30th October, 2018, at the Audit House, Abuja.

The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Anthony Mkpe Ayine, has charged accounting professionals to uphold the tenets of the job by keying into the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) and safeguard its implementation.

Ayine gave the charge on Tuesday during a one-day workshop on “The Effects of Corruption on Professional Conduct” organized by the anti-corruption transparency unit of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF), at the Audit House, Abuja.

The three main levels of the NACS include: strengthening the legal and institutional framework of anti-corruption, mainstreaming anti-corruption

principles into government and service delivery and mainstreaming anti-corruption principles into sub-national public administration.

The AuGF said that in recent times, the media has been awash with several stories bothering on corruption and that investigations reveal that many of those cases are aided by accounting professionals.

Group photograph of staff of Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) during an Anti-Corruption workshop on Tuesday 30th October 2018, at the Audit House, Abuja.

He also noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration from inception, has rightly identified corruption as the main factor impeding good governance and development in the country and is working hard to establish strong systems and structures towards the fight against corruption.

“Today, it is no longer news that corruption is the greatest tragedy and main obstacle to development, stability and growth of Nigeria, despite our abundant resources…We must also note that the real effect of corruption on a professional is that it renders him/her impotent”, Ayine stated.

Throwing his weight behind the AuGF, the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Musa Usman Abubakar, said that in most corruption cases reported to the Commission, professionals, particularly accountants were discovered to be involved.

He therefore, urged accounting professionals to uphold the tenets of the profession such as independence, objectivity, integrity, accountability, transparency and confidentiality; adding that corruption is the fundamental cause of insecurity, poverty, unemployment, miscarriage of justice and reduction of direct foreign investments in Nigeria.

Cross-Section of Directorate Staff of Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) during the Anti-Corruption Workshop on Tuesday 30th October 2018, at the Audit House, Abuja.

“The ICPC under its preventive and enforcement mandate, will continue to collaborate with the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, to eliminate corruption in the public sector,”Abubakar added.

In his paper presentation earlier, the Chairman Code of Conduct Bureau, Muhammed Isah, said systemic (endemic) corruption occurs primarily due to weakness of an organization or its processes, largely fuelled by conflicting incentives, discretionary powers, monopolistic powers, lack of transparency, low pay and the culture of impunity.

Isah who was represented by the Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, Ngusha Agom-Tor, urged auditors to seek to abrogate discretionary bureaucratic decision-making that adds no value to the end product, always be guided by substantive and procedural fairness, as well as lead by example.

The anti-corruption workshop which was organized for staff of the directorate cadre is part of reforms aimed at fighting corruption and had in attendance representatives from the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Population Council, among others.

Oghenekevwe Ebireri

For: D. D. (Information)

30th October, 2018.

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