The Government of Ekiti State has commenced the process of implementation of financial and operational autonomy for offices of the State Auditor-General and the Auditor-General for Local Government in line with the provisions of the State Audit Law of year 2021 and s.125 to s.127 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended).
The Offices of the State Auditor-General and the Auditor-General for Local Government will henceforth stand alone as independent institutions with all financial, human, and material resources separated from the State Civil Service and the Local Government Service. This includes all activities and decisions of the two institutions regarding remuneration, recruitment/appointment, promotion, and sanction of staff.
According to the Head of Service, Mrs. Peju Babafemi, “This significant development in the arrangements for the external audit of all public sector entities in the State will provide genuine financial and operational autonomy and independence to the audit function, in line with International Standards. This process will also ensure audit is free from encumbrances and better able to contribute toward good governance and accountability in management of the State’s resources”.
All staff of both institutions are enjoined to ensure compliance with the State Audit Law, the civil service code, extant rules and regulations, extant terms and conditions of service within their respective institutions except in areas where the audit law provides for new/different rules, or until the Auditors-General introduce new terms, rules and regulations in collaboration with the Audit Service Commission.