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Experts hinge public performance on global best practices


 Kayode Naiyeju

Kayode Naiyeju

Former Accountant-General of the Federation, Kayode Naiyeju has posited that the new trends in value for money audit and risk-based auditing in public sector will aid better performance among public servants and tackle corruption if global best practices are followed.

Naiyeju, who is also the Principal of JK Consulting Company Limited, told The Guardian recently in Akure that constant training which his organisation has been organising for public servants, especially in Ondo State, exposes them to global best practices.

He added that they would help to stem down, if not totally, the sharp practices that are common in governance especially in procurement, project execution and other public ways of conducting businesses.

The consultant affirmed that “it was specially designed for the people of the state to put them in line with the best practice not only in Nigeria, but globally to teach a new way of getting their works done efficiently.”

On the lack of political will of the government in power, which over the years has been a clog in the wheel for transparency and accountability in governance, the former Accountant-General, stated that the current tide in the financial sector, has an interference proof that keeps politicians off its operations.

“Political will,” he pointed out, “cannot disturb auditing, especially statutory actions; the auditors are representing the people. The principal persons are the masses through the Assembly. The Auditor-General reports directly to the people through the Assembly. And after that, whether you are party B or C has nothing to do with the auditor.

“It is enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria and the relevant laws of the state. So, the government has no negative influence because the Auditor-General is for the people. Professionally, his allegiance is to the people but through the Assembly,” he said.

While the Project Coordinator of Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project (World Bank Assisted), Bamidele Daisi, dispelled insinuations that public servants are inferior to their counterparts in the private sector, he premised his claims on adequate training as leverage for all.

He added that the shortcomings identified in the processes have necessitated the need to train personnel, saying “based on that this reform project came to be and one of the area where the reform is to be carried out is audit. In reforming audit, we have provided necessary capacity building.

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