By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Monday told auditors in the country not to jettison or shy away from their primary responsibilities of watchdogs in the society.
Tambuwal made the remark àt the opening in Sokoto of the annual national conference and general meeting of the committee of heads of internal audits department in Nigeria University, held at the auditorium Hall of Sokoto State University.
He also tasked them sustain a responsive tempo of justifying their role and living up to public expectations.
According to the governor , they should ensure that leakages in both private organization and government agencies were blocked against excesses.
Tambuwal who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Isa Bajini Galandaci, described Auditors as role model not only to their colleagues but the young generations in the society.
He however called on the participants at the annual event to take time and visit some of the historical places in the state as well ascertain the atmosphere in the state for the records.
Speaking, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, commended the efforts of auditors in making the economy of the country stable despite the myriad of challenges.
Hitherto, the revered monarch described the magnitude of corruption being witnessing in the country as not only the failure of governments but also the mismanagement of the country scarce resources.
Noting the responsibilities of auditors, Abubakar further urged them to be responsive and be alive to their duties while emphasising the need to rededicate themselves by ensuring resources available to the country were meaningfully utilized for the development and benefit of citizens.
Also in his opening remarks, the chairman of the conference, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Gusau, described the theme of the conference, “An appraisal of the differences between internal auditing and external auditing of organization” as relevant and appropriate, considering the role of auditing generally in both public and private organizations.
The former deputy governor of the state and one time minister said the statutory mandate of auditing was prominently captured in section 85 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended.
“The fundamental role of auditor in any formal organization includes promoting good governance and standard with specific reference to productivity and resource control, as well as getting value for investment.
“To successfully fulfil the tasks, auditors are required to properly align their units with the dynamic of their respective organizations.
“You are to imbibe critical attributes of professionalism, as well as consistency in compliance with the rules of engagement”
However, Gusau advised them to engage in regular training and retraining programmes towards improving their knowledge, skills, capacity and professional competence.
Other speakers at the event included the Vice Chancellor of Sokoto State University, Professor Sani Dangogo among others.