Abuja – The Federation’s Auditor General, Mr. Adolphos Aghughu, has appointed a Deputy Audit Director, Mr. Fawale Busayo Ayinla, as the supervisor of a five-person forensic audit team that will begin Monday to work on the level of management compliance. of the newly established Nigerian Disability Commission with laws that have guided the functioning of the Commission.
In a three-page letter of agreement signed by Aghughu who is the current Chairman of the African Union Board of Auditors, which was originally sent to the wrong address before being corrected last week, the forensic audit would examine the operations of the Commission from its inception until December 2020.
According to him, the exercise was deemed necessary, “In accordance with Article 85 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which empowers the Auditor General or any person authorized by him to exercise its statutory mandate to have access to all books, registers, statements and other documents relating to the public accounts of the Federation and of all the offices and courts of the Federation, a team of federal auditors has been tasked with carrying out a forensic audit of the National Commission for People with Disabilities from its creation to December 31, 2020.
“The mission should be entrusted to the Inspectorate Audit Department under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Angbo, director of the audit at the Auditor General of the Federation”, clearly indicated Aghughu.
After providing an overview of the purpose, objectives and other details, the Auditor General, in the letter to the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. James Lalu, went ahead to clearly state the responsibilities of the ‘Auditor General before clarifying the responsibilities of the National Commission for People with Disabilities during the audit process so that there is a good working relationship between the auditors and the management of the Commission during the audit process.
According to the lead audit, “the expected duration of the forensic audit is three (3) weeks, subject to the availability of records. Please note that delays in responding to audit requests may affect the expected duration and schedule.
“The forensic audit is scheduled to start on July 12, 2021 and will be carried out in your office by the following officers: Olusola Olufemi, team leader; Aliyu Rose. Member; Ochai Sunday, member; Omame Rabiu Tijani, member and Samon Ibikunle, member.
“The mission will be carried out under the supervision of Mr. Fawale Busayo Ayinla, Deputy Director of Audit,” said the Auditor General.
It was concluded that this audit was a direct response from the Office of the Auditor General to a letter dated June 17, 2021 from a US-based nonprofit group, Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc (ERPWDI).
In the petition with the title, “RE: Request to Conduct Forensic Audit Pursuant to Sections 37 (ab) and 48-50 of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018, the nonprofit group through its president, the chief Eric Ndubueze L’Ufom and the executive secretary, Mrs. Ngozi Pauline Ikebuaku, estimated that the final audit report will help to end insecurity in Nigeria because the National Commission for the disabled must start to be managed according to the law to help Nigeria end the insecurity.
In the petition, the Texas-based group said: “We, the members of Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc (ERPWDI) (aka Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Initiative (ERPWDI), Center for Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CAPD)), Restoring Hope & Equalizing Opportunity for Nigerians with Disabilities (RHEOND), Emancipation of Nigerians with Disabilities Initiative (ENDI), FESTAC-USA, Inc and Kaysom Holdings, Inc, hereby invoke the constitutional authority conferred on the Auditor / Accountants General, Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and members of the Board of Directors, headed by their Chairman, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities by the Executive and Legislative Powers of Government, under Articles 37 (ab) and 48 -50 of the Disability Discrimination (Prohibition) Act 2018 to request the Office of the Auditor General to conduct an audit National Commission for Disabled People’s Emergency Forensic, for many valid reasons, through a forensic audit to be performed by you.
After setting out the reasons and highlighting a long loss of areas in which laws were broken during the short period of the Commission’s establishment, the citizens’ group laid their prayers before the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
“Please, Sir, note that all of the above has been seriously violated by the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for People with Disabilities. This is because despite Articles 37 (ab), which prescribes this; The Board (emphasis added to members of the Board of Directors headed by me the President) Shall have the power to: – (a) Manage and supervise the affairs of the Commission and (b) Establish rules and regulations for the effective functioning of Commission, I was not aware or authorized all the money received and spent by the Executive Secretary.
“Despite a very clear mandate established by Article 40 (c), (1) There will be an Executive Secretary of the Commission who: – (c) will be responsible to the Council for the execution of policies and administration Commission business; the Executive Secretary, from August 24, 2020 to this day, has knowingly or willfully and intelligently, conspired with a few people, to prevent the Board of Directors from exercising our fiduciary duties which were mandated by Sections 37 (ab) , who mandated that; The Council (emphasis added to members of the Board of Directors headed by the President) shall have the power to: – (a) Manage and supervise the affairs of the Commission and (b) Establish rules and regulations for the effective functioning of the Commission.
“As a result of the aforementioned denial, valid, defensible and verifiable of all kinds of access to all funds received and spent without the knowledge and authorizations of the Board of Directors and its President, we and several other national organizations and international civil society of persons with disabilities, has filed several petitions with the Senate and House of Representatives of the National Assembly, the Head of Public Service of the Federation of Nigeria, the Secretary of the Federation of Nigeria, the Presidency, Police, EFCC, DSS, CIPC, Attorney General of the Federation, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; United Nations, UN Women Nigeria and several other national and international groups. We will soon be sending you volumes of copies of our multiple valid, defensible and verifiable petitions. Please, Sir, note that they are all carrying out massive investigations into these petitions.
“Thank you very much for having acceded to this request to directly conduct the LEGAL audit of the National Commission for People with Disabilities,” the group concluded.