The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Mr. Aghughu Adolphus as the new Auditor-General for the Federation.
Naija News reports that the Upper Legislative chamber confirmed Aghughu following the presentation of a report of the Committee on Public Accounts by the Chairman, Senator Urhoghide Mathew (PDP-Edo) which was considered during plenary.
During his presentation, Senator Urhoghide said the committee found Aghughu qualified to be appointed, given his experiences, pedigree and performance over the years at the Audit House.
According to the lawmaker, the nominee sufficient experience to occupy the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation if the Senate confirms him.
Speaking after his confirmation, Senate President Ahmad Lawan charged the legislature and the executive to ensure that the auditor-general remains truly autonomous and independent.
“We have achieved so much by giving the auditor –general the financial autonomy which he requires, but I think we can do better as a government,” he said.
“The Audit House is still not a befitting headquarters for the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.
“The auditor-general needs office accommodation, like the Treasury House, like the EFCC office complex, where it can accommodate all its staff to carry out their auditing jobs.
“A situation where the audit staff are resident in the organisations where they should audit is unacceptable.
“So, we need to do a lot more to support the Auditor-General for the Federation to be more effective and efficient.”