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Fraud detection: Nigeria commences training on forensic, investigative auditing for MDAs

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…Jude Johnson 
The Nigerian government has commenced training of Internal Auditors on Forensic and Investigative Auditing to fully implement the internal audit modernization process in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The Accountant-General of the Federation , Mr. Ahmed Idris, who declared the event open  at the Treasury House, Abuja, on Thursday,  underscored the importance of the training saying that it was a necessary step in building the right  capacity required by the  officers to be able to improve the internal  Audit process and functions of the Treasury.
Idris described the function of the Internal Audit as being key to achieving the on-going reforms in the public finance management of the Government, saying “without reforms at the internal Audit, and fraud will continue to thrive.”He  commended the Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors Nigeria, for collaborating with the Office of the Accountant –General of the Federation to organize the training and urged them to continue to work with the office to ensure that the capacity for carrying out this new trend in Auditing is fully transferred to the Treasury Staff to enable them effectively and efficiently carry out their duties in line with global best practices.

 Idris congratulated the participants for being selected for the traning programme describing them as the first set that will form the core of the new Audit team and encouraged them to pay close attention to the facilitators to enable them benefit immensely from the training.

Earlier, Director, Audit Monitoring, Office of the Accountant-Generalof the Federation  (OAGF), Mr. Hakeem Dosumu, described the event as “marking the rebirth of forensic department that constantly have eagle eyes for preventing, detecting and reporting financial fraud”. 

Dosumu  said that the training will equip the participants with the tools of audit and investigation and expose them to the duties expected of auditors as expert witnesses and testimonials in law court. He thanked the AGF for his support which has led to the growth and maturity of the Audit Monitoring department.

Also speaking, President of AFIA, Dr. Mrs. Victoria Enape, said that the era of manual auditing has gone and the whole world is embracing  forensic Auditing and Nigeria cannot be left behind, in view of the more complex nature that fraud has assumed worldwide. 

She pledged the continued support of her organization towards providing all  necessary technical assistance and training to the Staff of the OAGF to enable them efficiently perform their duties.

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