FG tells auditors-general to block funds diversion in LG accounts
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FG tells auditors-general to block funds diversion in LG accounts

- The federal government instructs auditors-general to block avenues through which funds are diverted at the local governments/area councils

- The FCT minister of state, Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, says auditors-general have a key role to play in the anti-graft war by the federal government

- Aliyu notes that there is a need to ensure that financial rules, regulations and extant circulars are adequately followed in the application of funds at all levels of government

The federal government in its bid to strengthen the fight against corruption has instructed auditors-general to block avenues through which funds are stolen at the local governments/area councils.

The instruction was given the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister of state, Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu at the 24th annual conference of auditors-general for local governments/area councils in the federation held in Abuja on Thursday, December 5, Daily Trust reports.

The minister, who was represented by the special assistant on area council services, Muhammad Saba, said the auditors-general have a key role to play in the anti-graft war by the federal government.

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According to the minister, there was a need to promote good governance, transparency, probity, and accountability by ensuring that financial rules, regulations and extant circulars are adequately followed in the application of funds at all levels of government.

Speaking at the occasion, the secretary of the conference of auditors-general of the federation, who is also auditor-general of the FCT area council, Hajiya Kudirat Abdul-Hamid, urged auditors-general ensure prudent use of federal government allocations to local governments and area councils.

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In another report, the chairman of Partners for Electoral Reforms (PEF), Ezenwa Nwagwu, has reacted over the conviction of the Senate chief whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday, December 5.

Legit.ng reports that he said the jailing of Kalu, who was a former governor of Abia state, was proof that joining the ruling party with the criminal case was not a guarantee against justice.

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Nwagwu in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, Thursday, December 5, in Abuja, said that the jailing has faulted the notion that once people with criminal record join the ruling party they were covered.

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