AuGF Lacks Constitutional Power to Audit NNPC, CBN and Others

Office Of The Auditor General For The Federation

Responding to a question by the Senate Public Account Committee on why he had not been auditing the accounts of the topmost federal agencies, the Acting Auditor General for the Federation (AuGF), Adolphus Aghughu said that his office lacked the constitutional power to audit the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigerian Ports Authority, and other big federal agencies.

Aghughu said this when the committee screened him ahead of his appointment’s confirmation by the Senate.

He said, “By virtue of the 1999 Constitution, we will just provide list of what we need for them and they will make their choice. If they decline to give to us, we have no power to compel them.”

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The Acting AuGF said the workers of the agency were working under tedious condition as there was no enough staff in the office to carry out required tasks. He added that in some states, the agency had only three staff available and ‘as result of this most of the works are not being carried out by the office’.

He however assured the lawmakers that he would look into the issue of non-auditing of the Service Wide Vote.