EFCC, Auditor General to collaborate in fight against corruption
Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, are to intensify cooperation in the fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes in the country.
The commitment was made during a courtesy visit to the Commission by the acting Auditor General of the Federation, Andy Onwudili in Abuja, the capital.
Onwudili said his visit was meant to strengthen the existing collaboration between the EFCC and the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, noting that both organisations’ mandates were similar and critical.
He commended the efforts of the EFCC in fighting economic and financial crimes in the country.
Onwudili who restated the commitment of the Auditor General office to accountability and transparency in line with its constitutional mandate lamented that the office’s performance was hampered by budget challenges, among others.
The acting Auditor General of the Federation also applauded the intervention of donor agencies especially the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, which he said, supported the completion of the Auditor General’s Forensic Laboratory in 2022 and the training of 40 Auditors on the use of software.
The EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa acknowledged the shared mandate of both agencies in promoting public accountability and transparency and assured the Ag. Auditor General of the Federation that the Commission will do its best to assist him to succeed in the discharge of the constitutional responsibilities of his office,
According to him, the Commission will push to ensure the Auditor General office is well funded “Because it will make our work easier.”
The EFCC boss further appealed to the acting Auditor General of the Federation to ensure quick responses to enquiries from the Commission