Workers reject Ayinye as Auditor General

By Daily Trust

Staff at the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAuGF) yesterday rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayinye.

Mr. Ayinye who hails from Cross River state was nominated by the president last week and his name forwarded to the Senate for approval.

The staff under the auspices of the Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU) OAuGF chapter yesterday staged a protest and shut down the gates of the Audit House against management staff.

The protesting staff specifically demanded that succession plan for the Auditor-General must be in-house even as they alleged that the president’s nominee was until his nomination an Auditor-General of a local government which is a level 13 position based on Federal Civil Service rules.

Speaking on behalf of the union members, the Chairman of the NCSU, OAuGF chapter, Comrade Aina Abiodun said the OAuGF is a constitutional office based on a career progression and not a political office.

He noted that the OAuGF can boast of more than 50 chartered and certified national accountants who are directors/assistant directors and have put in more than 25 years in service, thus it would be callous to bring a junior personal outside to head them.

The union kept the office locked for over 3 hours saying “Mr. Samuel Ukura from Benue state was the first Auditor-General to be appointed from the outside. He spent six years but we don’t want that trend to be sustained.”

According to him, previously the Auditors-General of the federation were appointed internally and the most senior director was often appointed.

The most senior director and Officer-In-Charge of the Office of the Auditor-General, Mr. Ismail Adeleye later appealed to the staff to sheath their swords. The union yielded and opened the gates for work to resume work while the union leaders entered into a closed door meeting with the management.

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