By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJA—THE Federal Government has called on Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors in Nigeria, AFIA, and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, to restore public confidence in governance.
Speaking through Minister of State Labour and Employment, Professor, Stephen Ocheni, the government noted that both AFIA and ANAN could do this through financial audit revolution in the public sector.
A statement by Prince Olowookere Samuel, Deputy Director (Press) in the Ministry, said Prof Ocheni spoke when leaders when he received on courtesy visits the Board of the AFIA in Nigeria led by its National President, Dr. Mrs. Enape Victoria, and the Executives of the Abuja Chapter of ANAN led by the Chapter Chairman, Abdullahi Baba Yahaya respectively.
According to him “I charge you to do everything possible at ensuring financial audit revolution in the public sector so that the eroded desired public confidence will be restored. All hands must be on deck to support the present administration towards the realization of all the objectives that are contained in the Federal Government Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.”
Ocheni emphasized that the much needed economic growth could not be achieved in the face of unabated fraud in the public sector, imploring members of AFIA and ANAN to take all necessary steps towards ensuring that all sector fraud and financial recklessness were fully tackled as a way of partnering the Federal Government to realize its aim of ensuring probity and accountability in the financial system.
He affirmed that investigative audit in Nigeria had come at an auspicious time when President Muhammadu Buhari had embarked upon Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and had declared zero tolerance on corruption. Therefore, an investigative audit will help in the fight against corruption of the present administration.
Addressing the Executives of ANAN, the Minister of State, called on them to support the Government of the day, saying, “ANAN members constitute eighty-two percent of accountants in the public sector we should take necessary steps to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the task of building the nation and ensuring economic growth.”
Prof. Ocheni added that members of the Association are in charge of accounting processes in the public sector, they should, therefore, maintain a high standard of performance as a professional accountant in the public sector. He admonished them to continue to promote the image of the country by preparing the nation’s financial statement in such a way that reports will represent a true and fair status of the financial position of the government at any given time.