Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has said that corruption thrives in government in African countries due to weakness of public audit firms adding that auditors should leave above board in their responsibilities.
Speaking recently in Abuja at the Annual Governing Board Meeting of the African Organisation of English Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions, AFROSAI-E Dogara said, “Corruption continues to thrive in Africa because auditors appear to lack the necessary skills, competencies and professionalism to effectively exercise appropriate control over government finance and expenditure.”
Represented by the Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Rep Chinda Kingsley, the Speaker said: “Supreme Audit Institutions, SAI, must rise to the occasion in fulfilling their statutory mandate and entrenching a new era of accountability and good governance that would lead to sustained economic growth across the continent.”
“Managing the economy under these circumstances calls for robust control mechanisms, that would check leakages and waste,” Dogara advised.
The Auditor-General of the Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Ukura said he requires independence and financial autonomy to audit government effectively.
“We need independence to employ and sanction,” he said, adding that they also need financial independence.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot