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Auditor-General inaugurates forensic lab, pledges improved auditing

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Auditor-General inaugurates forensic lab, pledges improved auditing

The Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr Adolphus Aghughu, assured that public accounting will experience an improvement in auditing with the effective deployment of forensic audit techniques.

Aghughu assured Abuja on Monday when he inaugurated a newly equipped forensic laboratory and presented certificates to 21 newly trained forensic auditors.

He said the forensic audit, when actually deployed, could be used to gather evidence that could help diligently pursue corruption cases in court.

The Auditor-General gave assurances that trained and certified forensic auditors would be immediately deployed to the field to perform forensic audits in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

He said his office will ensure that the newly trained forensic auditors are effectively deployed to improve the public accounting system.

“We don’t just have a forensic lab, we’ve trained 21 forensic auditors who will be in the field over the next week to perform at least five forensic audits.

“For public accounting, a forensic audit is unique because when you want an answer with evidence that could be used for legal action, a forensic audit is an integral part,” he said. .

Aghughu urged forensic auditors to work diligently and purposefully to make a difference, saying the country needs auditors to wake up and be more effective in their tenure.

Previously, Dr Jimson Olufuye, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consultant at the Office of the Auditor General (OAuGF), congratulated Aghughu for the delivery of the laboratory and his support in training the first 21 auditors. forensic.

Olufuye also congratulated the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) for its partnership with the Office of the Auditor-General for training.

Professor Peter Olayiwola, a facilitator of the training, assured that the new forensic auditors in the Office of the Auditor-General had been trained to implement audit systems that would ensure probity and accountability.

“All of the 21 trained participants can expertly examine, query documents and perform handwriting analysis,” he said. (NAN)

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