By Henry Umoru
The Auditor General for the Federation , AuGF, Anthony Ayine, has urged members of the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency, take steps to clear the backlogs of audit reports that were submitted to them, just as he said that, to the best of his knowledge, there was no Auditor-General’s report that has been fully considered by the National Assembly since 1999.
According to him, the Senators and members of the House of Representatives should ensure timely consideration of audit reports as well as take a critical look at late responses to audit queries by ministries, departments and agencies.
Ayine who spoke in Abuja at the ongoing orientation programme for Senators-elect/members-elect of the 9th National Assembly said there was no doubt that corruption had stifled economic growth and development in the country.
The AuGF who delivered a paper entitled, “The role of National Assembly in promoting public accountability,” explained that for audit report to be seen to have been fully considered after submission, a resolution of the National Assembly on the audit report must be transmitted to the Executive arm for necessary action, adding that for audit report to be submitted to the National Assembly, “we work with the financial report of the Accountant General of the Federation financial report.”
The AuGF who disclosed that they were already working on the 2017 financial report for submission to the National Assembly for consideration, said that the last report submitted to the National Assembly was for the year 2016.
Ayine said: “Corruption has stifled economic growth and development in our country. I am, therefore, optimistic that synergistic effects of efforts of the three arms of government in ensuring openness and accountability can put Nigeria on a good pedestal.”