New Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Dr Sekirat Madein has warned that she will not condone any act of corruption from anybody in the Treasury House under her watch as Accountant General of the Federation. Madein said she is particularly embarrassed by allegations of corruption rocking the Treasury House.
The new general of the Federation made the remarks yesterday on her formal resumption of duty as the substantive Accountant-general of the Federation.
She replaced Sylva Okolieaboh who was appointed in acting in June, 2022. He acted for 11 months and now due to leave the civil service of the federation on Sunday 28th May, 2023 when he will be 60 years old.
There had been several allegations of corruption around the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) which Madein expressed displeasure about, saying the Treasury has suffered some turmoil in the recent past “and the Treasury will move from strength to strength. We should be guided by zero tolerance to corruption and be dedicated to service and how to generate revenue for the federal government.”
As part of models to ensure effective service delivery by her staff, Madein promised to prioritize the training of staff, staff welfare and capacity building as well as strive to fully digitize treasury activities especially the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) and Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
“Our operations will be in conformity with extant laws and regulations so that when next they talk about Treasury House it will be for good,” she told a gathering of staff and some former Accountant-generals of the Federation who were available to receive her.
Former governor of Gombe State who is also a former Accountant-general of the Federation, Mr. Ibrahim Hassan Danwkambo told the new AGF that she has her work cut out for her. “There is work for you,” he stated. First, he made a case for Sylva Okolieaboh by urging the new AGF and staff of the treasury to canvass for Okolieaboh to be pronounced a substantive AGF.
Dankwambo said a precedence already exists in the Treasury when A.B Ogunsanya was made acting AGF because he had a short time to stay before retirement. To compensate him, the government of Goodluck Jonathan pronounced him a substantive AGF before he retired.