Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Samuel Ukura, said Monday his office would embark on performance and environmental auditing of all monies spent by government on environmental hazards including the recent floods which have ravaged parts of the country.
Speaking to THISDAY shortly after receiving the President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Adedoyin Owolabi, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, the AuGF said its audit would also be extended to cover instances of toxic waste dumping as well as oil pollution, degradation, erosion and desert encroachment.
He said: “This office is going into the audit of money spent on environment. Just like in other auditing, we would also audit money spent on the environment and then advise on what appropriate actions that could be taken.”
To this effect, he said his office had already sent some of its staff for relevant training on the subject matter in South Africa.
He said the office of the Auditor-General was being repositioned to enable it play its vital role in modern society.
Meanwhile, Ukura said the office was currently seeking an amendment to the Act establishing it in order to gain financial independence to effectively carry out its functions and give it powers to sanction erring organisations.
Presently, the Auditor-General could only make recommendation to relevant authorities but do not have the powers to question wrongdoings by public institutions.
“The Office of the Auditor-General as it is done in other parts of the world is not supposed to depend on any person, organisation or unit to get money to do its work. It’s supposed to get its money and spend it as deemed necessary,” he said.
According to him: “The amendment will give us more teeth to bite and have the power to sanction certain organisation if they fail to do what is expected of them. “That is what is happening in other developed society, so we want what is happening there to also happen in our country. We are not asking for any special thing but to do exactly what other countries do.”