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FG audits COVID-19 expenditures

Some participants at the 25th Annual Conference of Auditors General for local governments in Nigeria held in Kaduna

The Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine says an audit team has commenced an audit of COVID-19 receipts and expenditures of the federal government.

Mr Ayine who stated this during the 25th Annual Conference of Auditors General for local governments in Nigeria held in Kaduna, advised participants to replicate the same measures in their various states.

He said capacity building remains key to maintaining relevance in the auditing profession.

”To ensure accountability of public funds, the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, within weeks of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 held a virtual meeting with its management on the audit of funds related to tackling the pandemic,” Ayeni said.

He, however, emphasised the need for continuous engagement and knowledge sharing among all Audit institutions within and outside the country, stressing that it would ensure sustained uniformity in the approach to audit mandate.

Governor Nasiru Elrufai of Kaduna state represented by the State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Saidu said the theme of the conference “Attaining Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability through better audit process” is quite apt, stressing that, it speaks to a pressing challenge within the public service as a whole to ensure that public resources are properly and judiciously deployed.

Malam Nasiru Elrufai said the State Government has placed accountability and transparency at the core of its governance.

According to him, Kaduna was the first state to sign up to the Open Government Partnership and have real-time monitoring of its projects all around the state.

Malam Elrufai Maintained that Kaduna state has raised it’s Internally Generated Revenue IGR from thirteen billion naira in 2015 to forty-four billion naira in 2019 without hiking tax rates due to our commitment, promised and ensured that Local Government areas had full control of their fund’s accountability and transparency.

He expressed hope that the gains from this year’s conference in Kaduna will be visibly reflected in the improved Key performance indicators in the governance at the third tier.

Governor Elrufai called on the participants of the conference to remain resolute and firm in carrying out its responsibilities as Auditors-General leading your various staff to attain excellence.

Also Speaking, the Chairman Conference of Auditors General for local governments and area council in the Federation, Mr Abel Esievo promised total support to the fight against corruption in the country by providing quality audit services to various auditees and Stakeholders.

Aminu Dalhatu

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