By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja
The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) may this week kick- start the process for appointment of a new Auditor General of the Federation ( AGF) with the adoption of the criteria for qualification of candidates.
DAILY ASSET gathered that Chairman of the Federal civil Service Commission, Dr Tukur Ngawa will preside over the process for selection of suitable candidate(s) for recommendation to the Presidency for subsequent consideration and appointment.
A source close to the Commission disclosed that the action became necessary following the expiration of tenure of the incumbent AGF, Anthony M. Ayeni on October 25.
The source hinted that the FCSC was invoking provisions 85 & 86 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution as amended to arrive at the basis for selection of qualified candidate(s).
The sections provide that a person shall not be appointed Auditor General unless the person ” is a qualified accountant with at least 10 years cognate professional experience; is registered with the financial Reporting Council of Nigeria; Has worked in the public service for a period not less than 20 hears; Has not been convicted of any offence involving dishonesty by a court of law or found guilty of any professional misconduct involving dishonesty by any professional body established by law in Nigeria and is of proven professional ability and expertise.The constitution also states that”where the applicant is from the public service, he shall have at least 2 years to service with effect from October 25, before he is due for retirement; Where the applicant is not from public service, he shall not be less than 50 years at the date of appointment.”
Since the out-going AGF supposedly gave notice of retirement on July 25, a group which called itself “Concerned Senior Staff” in the Audit House, has called for appointment of a successor from the within the system to ensure integrity of the office.
The group had in a statement weeks ago argued that internal succession had become imperative in order to ensure consistency in the prosecutionn of the Federal Government’s anti- corruption war, which the office was central to its success.
A source close to the group said the office of AGF was too sensitive to subject it to “experiments” just as it advised the Federal Government to enthrone the culture of ” internal succession” in the appointment of future holders of the office.
The group advised the FCSC and by extension, the Federal Government to ensure timely completion of the process for the appointment to avoid a vacuum in the office, adding that there was the need to ensure continuity of audit activities of government offices under the leadership of a substantive Auditor General.