– The 8th Senate has passed another landmark bill in the fight against corruption
– The bill is known as the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill, 2018 ( HB. 107)
– Senate president Saraki said it will go a long way in ensuring the independence of the office of the Auditor-General
History was made at the 8th Senate on Thursday, March 1, as the upper chamber passed another landmark bill in the fight against corruption.
The bill, known as the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill, 2018 ( HB. 107), which was passed for concurrence, is aimed at:
1. Establishing the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation and provide additional powers and functions to the office
2. Establishing the Federal Audit Service Commission
3. Repealing the Audit Act 1956, the Public Accounts Committees Act and enacting the Federal Audit Service Bill, 2015.
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Speaking on this development, Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki said: “Today is a landmark achievement in the fight against corruption. This is will bring accountability and probity in the finances of the government and the fight against corruption.
“I must commend all the members of the National Assembly, both the Senate and the House of Representatives. This will go a long way in ensuring the independence of the office of the Auditor-General and will ensure that the Auditor-General has access to different parastatal agencies.
“We truly have to block all the various leakages. We have to ensure that we get this to Mr. President to get his assent. We have gone a long way in this administration in our fight against corruption, and it is commendable that the National Assembly are the sponsors and movers of this very important Bill, which we can see has been outdated for many years. We will continue to play our part in this fight against corruption for the sake our country.”
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Meanwhile, the senator representing Abia North senatorial district, Mao Ohuabunwa, has expressed optimism that the Peace Corps bill will scale through despite its rejection by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the PDP senator, the bill was still in transit and it would definitely complete its cycle.
President Buhari this week informed the House of Representatives and the Senate that he was withholding his assent on the bill due to paucity of funds and duplication of duties.
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