Monday, 19 May 2014

FG Begins Performance Audit for Ministries, Department and Agencies of government….

Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura 
The Office of the Auditor General for the Federation on Monday said it had begun the performance audit of activities of Ministries, Department and Agencies of government.

The move, according to the Auditor General for the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, would help to provide answers on the impact and effectiveness of government programmes on the people.

Ukura stated this while speaking at the African Organization of English Speaking Supreme Audit Institutions Regional course in the area of performance audit.

He said that already, performance audit had been carried out in several areas of government programmes.

Some of them are the food security program, feeding scheme in Nigerian prisons, Millennium Development Goals, impact of federal teaching schemes in selected schools in Nigeria, police service delivery, and impact of skills acquisition by the National Directorate of Employment.

Ukura added that the reports of the special examination would be concluded soon, noting that the audit would fill the gaps that existed between regulatory audit and expectations of Nigerians.

He said, “Nigeria and Namibia entered into Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 for capacity building in performance audit. These positive steps have produced 22 trained performance auditors.

“They have carried out performance audits in several areas like food security in Nigeria, feeding scheme in Nigeria prisons, impact of federal teaching scheme in selected schools in Nigeria, police service delivery, impact of acquisition in NDE.”

Ukura said that currently, the office has about 22 performance auditors, adding that by the end of 2015, the figure would have increased to 46.

“With these performance auditors, Nigeria would have been effectively positioned to be able to conduct performance audit that will make recommendations for improvements in government programmes and projects thereby enhancing good governance,” he said.

Also speaking at the workshop,the Director, Project and Programmes Audit, OAGF, Mr Olusola Ajao said the uniformity in the practice of the audit profession as well as the fallout of globalization had necessitated the development of performance audit model.

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