EL-RUFAI ADVOCATES ROBUST CAPACITY BUILDING FOR AUDITORS IN THE LOCAL GOVT SYSTEM

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state  has pledged the readiness of the state to support any step that will strengthen the capacity of auditors to check corruption, fraud and abuse in the system.

The Governor, while playing host to delegates to the 25th annual conference of Auditors – General of Local Governments during a courtesy call on him, observed that the local government system had been badly abused and the only way to restore sanity to the system was to have an efficient audit cadre with strong audit functions and an independent Auditor-General for the Local Government.

El-Rufai promised that his administration would support any constitution amendment that would give auditors the power and capacity to perform their duties.

He emphasized that it would be dangerous to grant the local governments full autonomy without  strong audit functions, which he noted were lacking in many states, dwelling on the need to build the capacity of Auditors – General Local Government to enable the third tier of governnent function effectively.

Earlier, the Chairman Conference of Auditors-General of Local Governments and Area Councils in Nigeria, Mr Abel Oghenevo Esievo, commended Governor El-Rufai for his administration’s support for the Office of the Auditor – General (Local Government) which made it possible for the state to meet the deadline set by the World Bank on the Disbursement Link Indicator (DLI).

Esievo solicited the Governor’s support for a constitution amendment that would give recognition to the Office of the Auditor-General (Local Government) just as the Nigerian Governors’ Forum supported the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SIFTAS) programme.

The chairman, who is Delta Auditor – General (Local Governnent), commended El-Rufai for the timely preparation of the Kaduna State Audit Bill, which had been sent to the Kaduna State House of Assembly for legislative action.

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