A non-profit organisation, Defenders of Constitutional Democracy has referred to as on President Bola Tinubu to as a matter of urgency, appoint a substantive Auditor Common for the Federation.
The group made the demand in a petition titled “Pressing must appoint a substantive Auditor Common for the Federation in step with extant civil service guidelines, dated June 27, 2023, and addressed to President Tinubu.
Signed collectively by its Nationwide Convener, Aliyu Abdullahi and Director of Contact and Mobilisation, Chukwuma Okoro, CDC within the petition expressed concern that the nation has been with out an AGF for over 10 months saying “That is an anomaly that shouldn’t be allowed to fester as a result of the Workplace of Auditor Common is so important that no vacuum must be entertained.”
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The petition learn partly: “We need to intimate Mr President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that Nigeria has had no Auditor Common of the Federation for as much as 10 months now. There’s an aberration referred to as Overseeing Director, appointed by the Head of Service to behave as Auditor Common of the Federation. That is remarkable and is alien to the Civil Service Guidelines and the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We’re, subsequently, calling on the President to as a matter of urgency, overview the aborted course of for the appointment of a brand new AuGF and make sure that due course of is adopted for the emergence of a substantive AuGF.”
The group additionally claimed that there was a determined transfer by some parts within the Workplace of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Fee, to sideline senior administrators and appoint a junior officer because the Auditor Common of the Federation.
The petition additional learn, “Mr President, it’ll curiosity you to know that the method for the appointment of AuGF started in August 2022 with seven administrators shortlisted and the screening finished however alongside the road, the Order of Seniority was altered within the Workplace of the Head of Service. Surprisingly, the method was deserted for unknown causes and a contemporary one was initiated in March 2023, the place essentially the most senior administrators had been excluded.
“The CDC has it on good authority that a part of the explanations the method was inchoate was as a result of it was found that there have been plans to nominate an officer who isn’t among the many most senior administrators earlier than the expiration of the administration of former President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
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“We want to inform you that as an alternative of an appearing or substantive Auditor Common, the Head of Service launched an alien apply of appointing an Overseeing Director. That is an aberration to the Civil Service Guidelines. Surprisingly, the so-called Overseeing Director has been in that place for over 10 months now.
“Mr President, as a result of the place isn’t recognized to the structure, the Overseeing Director can’t signal AuGF Annual Studies and as we converse, there’s a backlog of the stories for 2 years. The Workplace of the Auditor Common of the Federation is simply too essential to be toyed with by some unpatriotic and corrupt public servants. This course of should not proceed.
“We urge you to summon the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Esan to transient you and as a matter of urgency, reinstate the unique seniority record and permit the method to run seamlessly in consonance with the laid down Civil Service Guidelines and Rules
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“The CDC determined to wade into this matter as a result of there appears to be a grand plan to scheme out some folks, particularly the 2 ladies who had been a part of the preliminary seven that had been shortlisted and screened for the job. Mr President, you might be obsessive about due course of and the rule of legislation and subsequently, we urge you to immediately intervene to save lots of this essential workplace.”