By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja
Kogi State acting Auditor-General for Local Governments, Mr Chris Emmanuel, has appealed to Kogi State House of Assembly to approve the sum of N300 million for the building of an ‘Audit House’ for the state.
Emmanuel who made the call on the floor of the House during the 2024 Budget Defence by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) also appealed to the House to prevail on the Accountant-General’s Office to release approved overhead cost for his office,
According to him the importance of building an Audit House as in Abuja, Kaduna and Lagos cannot be overemphasized adding that an Audit House in a state shows the independence, transparency and accountability of the Audit in the state.
Emmanuel averred that though the Auditor-General for Local Government has good offices courtesy of Governor Yahaya Bello and the Governor-Elect, Alh Usman Ahmed Ododo, the importance of building an Audit House for the state cannot be over emphasized.
He added that if an Audit House is built, Kogi State will be properly placed and be a point of reference to other states.
The Acting Auditor General who said that the office was short of staff as there had never been employment in his office since creation of the state.
He therefore, appealed to the state government to make permanent and pensionable, appointments of the 40 ad-hoc staff who have been assisting the office to meet its responsibility.