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Buhari pushes for Auditor-General’s autonomy

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, pushed for the autonomy of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAuGF).

To this end, he urged the National Assembly to amend relevant legislations with a view to giving the Auditor-General of the Federal (AuGF) adequate powers to carry out his mandate in all the arms of government.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The president’s position was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, at the launch of the 2017- 2022 Strategic Development Plan of the OAuGF, in Abuja.

According to him, “It is very important that the office of the Auditor General of the Federation is  independent and there is need for amendment to enhance its effectiveness across all the (MDAs) in the country”.

He said that the 2017-2022 strategic Plan, would enhance the efficiency of the OuGF as it would provide a guide towards achieving well-audited accounts of all federal government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).

According to him, it would also lead to the much-needed financial independent expected to empower the OAuGF to carry out its duties without fear of being denied adequate funding.

The president said that his administration was building strong institutions across the country that would stand the test of time and ensure an accelerated development of the nation.

In his remarks, the AuGF, Mr. Anthony Ayine, revealed that the  proposed Amendment Bill ghad been passed by the House of Representatives  and expressed optimism for a similar passage by the Senate.

He lamented the pervasive poor governance, waste , inefficiency , poor accountability and lack of
transparency in public organizations, saying that the nation had been held down by corruption for too long.

In a message, the Chairman of the Senate  Committee on Public Account, Sen. Emmanuel Uba, said that the red chamber would soon pass the bill to give the OAuGF teeth to do its work more effectively.

The Chairman who was represented by a member of the committee, Sen. Yahaya Abdulahi, said that senators were ready to work with the AuGF and his team to realize their mandate.

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