The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) and public financial management stakeholders are seeking new ideas and strategies to advance the federal government’s public financial management reform initiatives.
This decision, which is in line with the mandate of the Treasury of the Federation, aims to remedy any shortcomings, strengthen policies and consolidate the achievements of reform initiatives.
At a five-day retreat held in Kano State, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) engaged auditors, accountants and other stakeholders in in-depth discussions with the aim of finding means of reducing infractions in the system, instilling the right attitude and entrenchment of accountability and transparency in the management of public financial transactions.
The retreat, themed “Role of Auditors in Public Financial Management Reforms”, was declared open by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. (Ms.) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and brought together auditors, accountants and other stakeholders from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the country.
Opening the retreat, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. (Ms.) Zainad Shamsuna Ahmed pointed out that the country’s declining income profiles called for careful management of available financial resources through effective financial management reforms.
Represented by Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, permanent secretary, special functions of his ministry; The Minister said that it is imperative to devise a better, more efficient and more robust administrative mechanism that will reduce or even eliminate the tendencies of waste and corruption.
In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje OFR, maintained that internal auditors and accountants have a crucial role in the successful implementation of public financial management reforms.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Finance, Shehu Na-Allah Kura; Governor Ganduje enumerated the concrete measures adopted by the Kano State government to ensure that available funds are spent in accordance with relevant laws.
The Accountant General of the Federation, represented by Mohammed Sabo, Director (Funds) of OAGF, explained that the overall objective of the retreat was to promote accountability and transparency in all facets of the finance management structure. public in the country.
The retreat, which attracts participants from all MDAs in the country, featured paper presentations and deliberations on various issues related to accountability and transparency in public finance management.
A strong statement is expected at the end of the retreat with far-reaching recommendations that will benefit all levels of government.