The Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine, has restated the known fact that his office has the exclusive duty of auditing all statutory corporations, commissions, authorities, agencies, including all persons and bodies established by an Act of the National Assembly, on behalf of the federal government, according to section 85 of the 1999 constitution.
Ayine stressed this on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the director-general and chief executive officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, in Abuja.
He was however responding to claim by Abubakar, who said his Commission had received over seven letters from various organisations in recent time, requesting it to submit its books for auditing with the aim of creating fear, and as such needed clarification on the role of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
In his remarks, the Auditor-General for the Federation stated that it remains the sole responsibility of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF), to carry out audits of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as on all government parastatals, commissions, etc, as the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Nigeria.
He however , acknowledged that some other institutions were assigned to carry out inspections and oversight functions.
“We are keen about value addition, as we believe that our work should impact positively on the auditee organisation, thereby helping it to function optimally. So, if there are issues on audit that are not clear, or areas where you feel the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation can provide any form of assistance, our doors are wide open,” he said.
He also added that the purpose of his visit was to enable him familiarise himself with key institutions and agencies, adding that “it is important for us that we know who our clients are, for effective auditing.”
Ayine further assured his host that the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) would be willing to support and collaborate with the Commission, to help it deliver on its mandate, as he was convinced that NIMC remains a strategic institution in the country.
Abubakar also took time to explain to his guests what he was doing to drive the vision of NIMC in ensuring that it creates an identity management system where every single Nigerian was accounted for.
He announced that in 2017 alone, the Commission was able to register 14 million people, double the seven million it recorded in 2016, and now has a total of about 36 million Nigerians on its database.