Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Corruption: FCTA saves billions through audit dept

The Audit Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, said it has saved the government billions of naira through the blocking of leakages and wastes in the system.

Director of the department, Faseyi Nathaniel, who stated this at a meeting of FCT Administration Residents Auditors, said though it is difficult to give an exact figure of the amount saved, the department has constantly devised means of blocking loopholes that could lead to corruption.

He said, “As of now, I may not be able to give you exact figure, but I can boldly say that the FCT Audit Department has saved the FCTA a lot of money. We cannot quantify it financially. For instance, we carry out investigations to block leakages and wastes in the system.

“So I will not be able to give you exact figure but the activities cover a lot of areas. Loopholes that could encourage corruption are not allowed to exist in the system, which means all we are doing is to dissuade and discourage corrupt practices in our activities in the FCT Administration.”

In a paper presentation at the event, the immediate past Director of FCT Audit, Dr. Bala Kawu, charged the auditors to exhibit high sense of transparency, accountability and probity in the discharge of their duties.

While tasking the Auditors to always be time conscious in the discharge of their duties, Kawu urged them to always update their trainings to be in tune with changes trends in the practice.

He tasked the Auditors to familiarise themselves with relevant financial documents, including the Constitution, Public Service Rules, Procurement and Internal Revenue Service Acts, among others.

The latest meeting of FCT Administration Residents Auditors was organized to fashion out the Audit Programme for year 2020. The meeting was attended by staff of the Department, particularly Heads of Audit Units in the Secretariats, Departments and Agencies, SDAs, of the FCTA.



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