R-L: THE AUDITOR-GENERAL FOR THE FEDERATION (AuGF), ANTHONY MKPE AYINE (FCA) AND THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF PENSION TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT DIRECTORATE (PTAD), SHARON IKEAZOR, DURING A COURTESY VISIT TO THE AUDIT HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY 17TH, April 18, 2019.
The poor implementation of audit recommendations contained in the Auditor-General’s inspections and annual audit reports remain a clog in the wheel of efforts to rid the country’s public sector of corruption.
The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Anthony Mkpe Ayine, FCA, made this known when a high-level delegation from the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) led by its Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor, paid a courtesy visit to his office on Wednesday April 17th, 2019 at the Audit House in Abuja.
Ayine said implementing the recommendations contained in the Audit Inspection Report to management of MDAs and Annual Audit Report would serve as deterrent and promote a more transparent and accountable system, but noted sadly that audit findings are largely not acted upon to enable it add the required value which it potentially can, to the public service.
“The impact of audit work is in the value it adds by creating improvement in the system and to re-echo President Muhammadu Buhari’s words, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us. The fight against corruption cannot be won by any single individual or organisation; we must collaborate,” he said.
GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF SOME OAuGF AND PTAD OFFICIALS DURING THE VISIT.
The Auditor-General also stressed the need for strong internal controls in the public service which he said was the responsibility of the management of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and urged them to live up to this task.
He commended the Executive Secretary of PTAD for her efforts in repositioning the office, noting that there have been remarkable achievements recorded since she took over the reins of power and assured her that the OAuGF would continue to provide relevant support to her work.
Speaking earlier, Ikeazor informed the Auditor-General that PTAD had acted on the recommendations of the OAuGF’s annual report and a personnel audit carried out in 2015 which has seen to the disengagement of four directors who had been irregularly employed when they were above the age of 50 years.
The Executive Secretary also sought the advice of the Auditor-General in implementing the recovery of monies that were paid to the four dismissed directors during the time of their engagement and to return same to treasury.
She also requested that more auditors are deployed to PTAD to support the ongoing Parastatal Pensioner Verification Exercise, as federal auditors previously sent to them have been very useful, helping to save the government billions of naira that could have been fraudulently diverted.
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