Chief Executive iFollowTheMoney, a budget tracking concern in Nigeria, Hamzat Lawal says the organisation will soon be rolling out tanks against the Federal Government over the country’s budget process.
He is therefore, challenging the Executive and Legislative arms of the Nigerian government to amend the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill 2018, or face the wrath of electorate.
The Senate had on March 1, 2018 passed for concurrence the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill 2018, which the House of Representatives had earlier passed on April 19, 2016.
In an exclusive interview with The News Chronicle in Abuja, Lawal observed that it took the Senate 680 days to concur to the bill which he described as ”very significant” for Nigeria.
”I strongly feel that the bill will see the light of the day, if we are able to unite our voices and hold our government to account and demand that they pass this bill into law.
“In 2019, there will be elections and they will request for our votes; if they do not pass this very important legislation, we will not give them our vote. But then again, not just only this audit bill, also the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Amendment Bill.
“The senate passed the UBE amendment bill since July 2017, so we are just waiting for the House of Representatives to pass it and they harmonies and send for the presidential assent. But then if we really want to fight corruption and want more investment in education particularly the young people, the UBEC Amendment bill is highly important.
“On the fight against corruption, the audit bill, is very important, presently we are a laughing stock in the international community because they think that we are not taking our fight against corruption very seriously to strengthen institution and then we are not having investment, plan or vision for our teeming young people to get skills and knowledge so we can confidently call them future leaders of this great nation”, he said.
It will be recalled that Paradigm Leadership Support Initiative (PLSI), BudgIT Foundation and Connected Development (CODE), had charged the National Assembly to speedily conclude legislative activities on the new Federal Audit Service Commission Bill and send to the President for assent.
The Civic Organizations frowned at the Nigeria’s supreme audit institution, responsible for the provisions of a pre-independence audit law known as “The Audit Ordinance Act of 1956” as well as “The Public Account Committee Act, CAP P35, LFN 2004’, both of which have rendered the office of the Auditor-General for the federation ineffective and less efficient.