By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA— The Office of the Auditor General of the Federation was shut for three hours yesterday, following protests by the workers union to reject the appointment of Anthony Ayine by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Auditor-General.
The workers, who were also joined in the protest by a coalition of civil society group, arrived the Audit House which is the headquarters of the Office of the Auditor General as early as 6am and halted business activities.
The workers said they were rejecting his nomination, claiming that as a local government employee, Ayine was not qualified to head the agency.
Speaking to journalists on the sideline of the protest, chairman of the workers’ union, Mr Aina Abiodun, said the workers rejected the nominee on the grounds that the office of the Auditor General of the Federation was a constitutional office based on career progression.
He said since the office was not a political position, any appointment must be done based career progression.
He said: “The OAGF is a constitutional office based on career progression and not a political office. It is not for the highest bidder. There is career retardation in the office and as such we are asking the President to please help the audit institution to address this anomaly.
“The OAGF can boast of no more than 50 chartered accountants who have put in more than 25 years in services and as such, we say no to nomination of Anthony Ayine, we need internal succession.”
Meanwhile, the protest, which lasted till about 11am, was suspended, following the intervention of some top directors in the office of the auditor general.