August 19, 2017

Senate confirms Anthony Ayine as Auditor-General of the Federation

Senate confirms Anthony Ayine as Auditor-General of the Federation

Senate has, Wednesday, confirmed the nomination of Anthony Ayine as the Auditor-General of the Federation. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had last year nominated Mr. Ayine to fill the post currently held by Florence Anyanwu in acting capacity.

Although Mr. Ayine has some petitions against him, part of which are that he is the cousin of the current Head of Service and had been ‘local government auditor, petitions Mrs. Binta Garba, APC-Adamawa raised in order to scuttle his confirmation, Ayine was however confirmed following the presentation of the report on his screening by the chairman of the committee on public accounts, Andy Uba. Uba gave reasons for Ayine’s recommendation and subsequent confirmation as being a man whose competence cannot be disputed.

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Mrs. Garba claimed further objected his confirmation saying, given his position as ‘local government auditor’, he would be placed at Grade Level (GL) 14 after conversion to federal service, whereas the law specifies GL 17 as requirement for the office of Auditor-General of the Federation. But the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio countered the Adamawa lawmaker, pointing the petition on which she based her claims was misleading. Read more

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