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Workers, civil society groups storm NASS to protest AGF’s nomination

By Wahab Akanji, Ilorin

Members of staff and the organised labour on Tuesday took their opposition to the nomination Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine as the Auditor General for the Federation to the National Assembly.

Numbering over 100, they staged a protest at National Assembly gate to drive home their demand that the nomination of Ayine should be rejected by the Senate.

The protest is coming even as the Senate Public Accounts Committee submitted its report on the screening of Mr. Ayine for appointment as the Auditor-General of the Federation to the Senate in plenary.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South) submitted the report.

Mr. Salami Bashir Adekunle who led the protesters said that they resolved to push for the rejection of the nomination of Ayine because his appointment would run against the spirit of engagement of the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation.

Specifically, Adekunle said that the position of the coalition was that Ayine should not be allegedly imposed on the Auditor General’s office.

He insisted that the Senate should prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the name of Ayine.

Adekunle said that the appointment of Ayine, who he described as “an outsider” would kill merit and demoralize workers in the office.

He also said that the nomination of Ayine was against Section 86 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended.)

He noted that they have more than 50 professional qualified staff in the Directorate cadre of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

“We say we wanted change, is this kind of nomination of a local government Auditor General the kind of change we want. Is it the change we wanted to impose the Auditor General of a local government to be the Auditor General of the Federation. If we say we need change, it should be a positive change.”

He continued, “Those behind the nomination of Ayine want to kill merit but we say that merit should not be killed. Why do they want to impose somebody from outside the system when we have capable hands within. We say no imposition of candidate. The office is not a political office and not for settlement of political goal. We say not to manipulation of the system. A level 13 officer cannot be appointed to boss his seniors.”

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