Use Audit to Improve Performance, Buhari Charge Public Officials

award presentation

President Muhammadu Buhari recieving the Champion of Transparency and Anti-Corruption award from the

Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine, the Chairman Conference of State Auditors-General,

Abdu Usman Aliyu and Chairman, Forum of Auditors-General of Local Government, Abel Esievo, at the

Auditors-General Conference in Abuja on Tuesday 28th January, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged public officials in the country to see audit as a means to improving their performance and not as a threat.

The President said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he declared open the second edition of the conference of Auditors-General in Nigeria.

He said it is important that all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are kept on their toes through timely and high quality audits.

“We as a people must also have a mindset that shuns corrupt practices and focuses on the wider public good. No one in the government should be afraid of audit if they have done the right thing,” President Buhari said.

Commenting on the Audit Reports for 2016 and 2017, the President noted that the audit opinion expressed by the Auditor-General for the Federation was in line with the current reality of corruption, mismanagement and misappropriation issues facing the country.

He commended the Auditor-General for his diligence and hardwork, stressing that through audit findings and recommendations, corrupt practices can be discovered early, and the loopholes blocked before they are exploited.

The President also called for more audits that are impactful, timely and of international standards; as well as greater collaborations between anti-corruption institutions.

In his welcome address, the Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr Anthony Mkpe Ayine, noted too that considering the rich natural resources the country is blessed with, we are not yet where we need to be; adding that joint effort from all tiers of government is required if we are to recover the lost ground.

Ayine announced that his office is set to launch a training academy that will be of immense value and benefit to staff at the Federal, State and Local Government levels.

“We already have the trainers (the faculty) from among our staff and will start implementing the academy virtually with the hope that one day we will be able to have the physical presence in terms of infrastructure and permanent facilities,” he said.

The Auditor-General expressed appreciation to the President for leading the fight against corruption through numerous programmes and initiatives aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of public funds; and his support to the Office.

A highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of “Champion of Transparency and Anti-Corruption” award to President Buhari by the Conference of Auditors-General in Nigeria.

Anti-corruption stakeholders from various bodies and institutions, as well as the diplomatic community were in attendance to share experiences and brainstorm on the theme: “Building Government Audit Institutions Nigeria Needs for the 21st Century”.

The Conference will run from January 28th – 30th, 2020.

Oghenekevwe Ebireri

For: DD (Information)

29-01-2020