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CONFERENCE OF AUDITORS-GENERAL IN NIGERIA 2021 CONCLUDED

The Annual Conference of Auditors-General of Nigeria was held from the 5th to 10th December, 2021 with the full participation of Auditor-Generals of states and local governments of Nigeria. Also in attendance were Directors of Audit from the Federal, State and local government as well as several resources person.

The conference commenced on the 6th December 2021, with strict observance of Covid-19 protocols at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Benin.

The Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu delivered a welcome address and acknowledged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari who declared the event open through his representative, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State. He shed light on the choice of the theme for this year’s conference titled “Securing Audit Independence Sustainability: The Urgency is Now”. The Auditor-General of the Federation also spoke about the reinvigoration of Performance Audit.

The Deputy Chairman of the Senate Public Accounts Committee, Senator Hassan Hadeija who represented the Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Lawan and the Senate Public Accounts Committee Chairman, Senator Matthew Urhoghide delivered a goodwill message in which he conveyed fraternal greetings from his colleagues. Two other persons also delivered their goodwill messages including the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Busayo Oluwole Oke who represented the speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Paper presentations were delivered by Resource Persons at the conference. The first titled “Standards and Good Practices for Effective Working Relationship between Auditors-General, Public Accounts Committee and other Stakeholders was delivered by Mr. Ayagiba Lawrence Ndaago, Deputy Auditor-General in charge of Performance and Special Audits, Ghana Audit Service, while the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Mr. Oluwole Iyamu SAN who was represented by Prof. Faith Osadolor, Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice presented on “Securing the Constitutional Audit Independence in the Context of Section 85(6), the Legal Clarifications”. Mr. Eze Oyekpere, Executive Director, Centre for Social Justice gave another presentation titled “An Overview of the Essentials of SAI Independence and Functional Audit Law.

Following the series of presentations, delegates were availed the opportunity to comment and ask questions to make clarifications.

 Achieving Optimal Audit Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Principles and Practice was the title of the paper presented by Andy Wayne while Deborah Isser, The Country Representative, World Bank made a presentation on the topic: “States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programs (SFTAS) delivered virtually through zoom.

The activities were livened up with a Gala Night at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Benin. The Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu presented bronze gifts to the two foreign national resource persons from Ghana and Tanzania on behalf of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

There was also a presentation on SAI Meeting the Expectations of Stakeholders, Standards Contents of Audit Reports and Financial Reporting in the 21st Century by John Mutu, Deputy National Team Leader and Ambassador Shuaibu Adamu Ahmed. “The Imperatives of Environmental Auditing towards the Achievement of SDGs and Ensuring Sustainable Environment for the Future” was presented by Michael Malabeja of the Tanzania National Audit Service.

The Auditor-General of the Federation also led the delegates for a courtesy visit to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II. The Benin Monarch expressed his gratitude for the courtesy visit and offered his prayers. The Auditor-General later signed their visitor’s register and this was followed by a group photograph with the delegates.

The conference ended with an excursion to the National Museum and Igun street popular for its artefacts, bronze and carvings.

 

Materials for the Conference can be downloaded @ https://coagn2021.oaugf.ng/presentations.

 

OQUA, E. I. I.

HEAD, Press

10th December, 2021

 

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