The Senate has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s mode of fighting corruption, saying that the President allows corruption to fester before informing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) about it.
The senate thus proposed that the audit system be digitized in a way to checkmate corruption amid paper works.
Speaking to this effect, Matthew Urhoghide the Chairman of the committee said that the office of the Auditor General of the Federation is in charge of the crusade.
He held that formidable institutions be created to oversee the running of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“If we are able to audit them, and we are able to put them in proper perspective or in checks, the issue of corruption would reduce tremendously in our country,” he said.
Urhoghide expressed remorse that “the audit system we are running right now is such that our MDAs, and indeed the account of the federation, are not subjected to any precaution in terms of checking corruption rather our resources are ploughed into agencies that are fighting corruption.”
According to him, “what we need to do is to have the right personnel in the audit office and the resources for the job.
“There were things that we had thought of in the Senate when we passed the Federal Audit Bill for the President to sign.
“Today, the bill has not seen the signature of the president and we expect that this ninth Senate will ensure it is signed into law.”
Speaking, the vice chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, said that Nigerian agencies should be digitized noting that his home state, Jigawa had discarded the analogue mode of operation and replaced with a real-time system.