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Ayine retires as Auditor-General of the Federation


By Moses Emorinken, Abuja

The Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Anthony Ayine, has retired from active service.

He was appointed AuGF on January 12, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari after he emerged best candidate from the series of tests carried out by the Nigeria Civil Service.

Upon assumption of office, Ayine made his intensions about reforming the Office very clear and spared no effort in partnering with relevant stakeholders.

The Deputy Director of Information of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF), Rotimi Ajayi, disclosed these in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

The most Senior Director in the Office, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, will administer the OAuGF until a substantive AuGF is appointed by Buhari.

Under Ayine’s leadership, the OAuGF carried a number of specialized audits (Performance & IT Audits), among which are – Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS); Government Integrated Financial Management and Information Systems (GIFMIS); and the Nigerian Immigration Service e-passport system.

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He also ensured strong collaborations with local and international bodies.

Among the bodies were the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions –English Speaking (AFROSAI-E), UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) and Department for International Development (DFID), GIZ, World Bank, etc.

Ayine pushed for the Audit Act that will empower the OAuGF to effectively carry out its mandate of ensuring government’s accountability to citizens and the process is ongoing.

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