Senate confirms Anthony Ayine as new Auditor-General of the Federation

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of another Cross Riverian, Anthony Ayine as the Auditor-General of the Federation.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last year nominated Mr. Ayine to fill the post currently held by Florence Anyanwu in acting capacity. The confirmation of Mr. Ayine followed the presentation of the report on his screening by the chairman of the committee on public accounts, Andy Uba.

Mr. Uba said though there were petitions against Mr. Ayine’s nomination, his competence was not disputed. He, therefore, recommended that the nominee be confirmed.

But Binta Garba, APC-Adamawa, mustered efforts to stop Mr. Ayine’s confirmation, disclosing details of a petition. Mrs. Garba claimed Mr. Ayine is cousin of the current Head of Service and had been ‘Local Government auditor’.

Given his position as ‘Local Government auditor’, he would be placed at Grade Level (GL) 14 after conversion to Federal Service, whereas the law specifies GL 17 as requirement for the office of Auditor-General of the Federation, Mrs. Garba
further claimed.

So, what’s your opinion concerning this topic as a Cross Riverian? Drop your comments in the comment section below . . .

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