The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has charged Commanders at all levels and Finance officers in the Nigerian Army to ensure adherence to requirements for standard record keeping, extant laws on public funds administration and generally accepted accounting principles.
The COAS said this was necessary towards minimizing or possibly eliminating errors that normally leads to audit queries which sometimes end up at Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly,
Gen Buratai gave the charge on Tuesday 29, September 2020, while declaring open, the Army Headquarters Training on Auditing and Accounts Rendition for Nigerian Army Finance Corps Personnel at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun, the COAS remarked that the myriads of security challenges confronting our nation which cuts across the entire geopolitical zones with the North East as the epic centre, are impacting on the Army’s lean national resources.
He said, “This makes it is imperative to emplace prudent utilization mechanisms for allocated funds through effective auditing and accounting tools.
“For Nigerian Army personnel in various theatres of operations, it is incumbent on you to continue to evolve robust and cost effective ’ strategies to defeat the remnants of BHT and ISWAP members as well as other criminals across other geo-political zones of our country” he said.
“In this vein therefore, let me remind all participants to always be guided by my strategic goal for Year 2020 Which is to “sustain professionalism of the NA and responsiveness in discharge of our constitutional responsibilities”.
Gen Buratai continued, “This training is organised to broaden the knowledge of Finance Officers and Clerks on some salient administrative skills required for prudent management of scarce resources and rendition of accounts. It will create awareness about extant provisions on the administration of finance in the public sector.
“This is particularly so in view of the anti-corruption drive of the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as dwindling national revenue amongst competing demands on lean resources.
“It was on this note that the Directorate of Audit and Financial Management (DAFM) was established in November 2018 to strengthen the accounts and internal control processes in the NA.
“The training is in line with the mandates given to DAFM to reinvigorate the Nigerian Army’s internal financial control system, identify and block possible avenues for leakages or wastages and improve synergy between available resources and operational impact of the NA.
“In pursuant of the mandate, several special audit exercises have been conducted by the Directorate with commendable results.
“Some of the observations led to some germane and far reaching recommendations on how to correct the observed lapses.
“This obviously makes this training very important for all participants and I expect that it would be treated as such.
Reiterating that there is no substitute to training for ‘our personnel’ if we must have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles as clearly stated in ‘my vision’, Gen Buratai said “The importance of this training is hinged on the need to strengthen the capacity of all NA personnel saddled with the responsibilities of managing financial resources”.
“To achieve this noble aim, I have directed that similar training be organized across all Divisions of the Nigerian Army.
“Participants therefore, owe it a duty to advise their Commanders on prudent use of scarce resources and stick to all the finance and accountability standards as spelt out in relevant financial guidelines for the NA.
Emphasizing that all Nigerian Army personnel must deliver on every task and mandate irrespective of their deployments, Buratai said, “This remains the only way to justify the confidence that Mr President and indeed Nigerians reposed in the NA to secure our nation and engender development and economic prosperity of Nigerians and law abiding citizens and residents in Nigeria.”
In his address, the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison, Major General AT Hamman expressed the belief that the training will benefit officers and men of NAFC in particular and by extension the NA.
Expressing happiness that the COAS approved the training to commence in AHQ Garrison, he said, “It is indeed an honour to be the pioneer host formation for this all important training.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the AHQ Training on Auditing and Accounts Rendition will improve the capacity and productivity of NAFC personnel. It will definitely enhance their professionalism and equip NAFC personnel to contribute their quota to the NA in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
“It is my believe that at the end of the training, some little errors usually prevalent in accounts rendition will no longer occur thereby eradicating or reducing audit queries on NA accounts. The knowledge gained will also assist commanders in the prudent management of financial resources in their formations and units”.
Earlier in his welcome address, Brigadier General Monday Ihanuwaze, Acting Director, Audit and Financial Management, told Principal Staff Officers, Directors and Participants among others that the training is organised by The Directorate of Audit and Financial Management (DAFM) under the guidance of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen TY Buratai.
Brig Gen Ihanuwaze said, “This training is aimed at equipping participants with knowledge required for effective financial management of their units with focus on creating awareness at extant provisions on the administration of finances in the public sector.
“The Special Guest of honour sir, this training is aimed at equipping the participants with focus required to effect effective financial management at their units with focus on creating awareness on extant provisions on the administration of finances in the public sector. The NA has a robust and highly efficient accounting and auditing system in line with global practices.
“Extant provisions in accounting and auditing are always evolving, hence the need to build, update and improve the capacity of the operations of the Nigerian Army accounts.
“The need for the training also results from the passion and commitment of the COAS to training for broadening the intellectual capacity of Commanders and finance officers on financial management.
“This training includes a lecture on “The Role of Auditing in Public Sector Governance: The Nigerian Army in Focus” which is to deepen the knowledge of participants on prudence and accountability.
“The second segment will involve practical sessions and exercises on rendition of accounts in the public sector.”
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