President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Auditor General of the Federation to ensure that all outstanding audit queries are resolved within 30 days.
With this directive, anyone found wanting risk heavy sanction henceforth.
He has also ordered that all audit queries must be answered within 24 hours henceforth.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, this was in demonstration of President Buhari’s irrevocable commitment to tackling administrative and bureaucratic corruption head-on.
“The era of impunity is gone. The president is taking the war on corruption to the civil service. He is not happy that standard operating procedures and financial regulations are no longer being observed, as they should.
“President Buhari will ensure that public officials and civil servants in the service of the Federal Government pay a heavy price from now on for violating financial regulations or disregarding audit queries,” the statement read.
The president, according to the statement was determined to put an end to the present situation in which, rather than respond to legitimate audit queries, violators of financial regulations in the Federal Government resorted to threatening, bribing or mounting other forms of social pressure on auditors.
“On his watch, President Buhari wants to see firm action against those who violate extant financial regulations, not the prevarications and shenanigans that went on in the past in the form of endless probes and public enquiries.”