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Buhari Orders 24-hour Reply To Audit Queries

Posted: Aug 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja


?President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Auditor-General of the Federation to ensure that all outstanding audit queries are answered within 24 hours and conclusively resolved within 30 days.

The order followed the President’s displeasure on hearing that audit queries remained unanswered for long periods, sometimes running into years, under previous administrations.

Senior Special Assistant to the President om Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the directive on Sunday, August 2, 2015, adding that the President was irrevocably committed to tackling administrative and bureaucratic corruption head-on.

According to Shehu, “The era of impunity is gone. The President is taking the war on corruption to the civil service.

“He is not happy that standard operating procedures and financial regulations  are no longer being observed as they should.?

“President Buhari will ensure that public officials and civil servants in the service of the Federal Government pay a heavy price from now on for violating financial regulations  or disregarding audit queries.”

He added that the President was determined to put an end to the present situation where, rather than respond to legitimate audit queries, violators of financial regulations in the Federal Government resort to threatening, bribing or putting pressure on auditors.

“On his watch, President Buhari wants to see firm action against those who violate extant financial regulations, not the prevarications and shenanigans that went on in the past in the form of endless probes and public inquiries,” Shehu said.