President Goodluck Jonathan gave the indication while commissioning the headquarters complex of the Auditor-General of the Federation’s office in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The President decried a situation where a national accountability institution like the Auditor-General would be allowed to operate from a three bed room apartment, a situation not befitting to its image.
He commended the National Assembly for the audit bill and the relevant constitutional amendment that would strengthen the Auditor-General’s office for the good of Nigeria.
The President said that he granted the request by the National Assembly for the acquisition of the new building that was commissioned, believing that the Auditor-General needs a conducive working environment to discharge the important work in the fight against corruption.
The commissioning attracted the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, and some Nigerian lawmakers who asserted that the auditors were the first line of defence in the fight against corruption, even before one gets to the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies.
The Auditor-General, Samuel Ukura and his staff expressed joy at the commissioning. He said that henceforth, Nigerians should expect international best practices in their operations.
The Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura, noted that by providing the building, the President has sharpened the teeth of the Auditors-General to bite, and that they would do, not minding whose ox is gored in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.