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Group welcomes Kwara state audit law, demands independence for auditors

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Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

A nongovernment organisation, Grassroots Development Monitoring and Advocacy Centre (GDMAC) has applauded the new audit law passed in Kwara state, calling for innovative mechanisms to sustain public engagement in the state’s fiscal governance beyond World Bank conditions.

The organisation says it is dedicated to promoting transformative governance, particularly at the subnational levels.

In a press release issued by Malam Tunde Salman Jimoh, an executive of the organisation, it pointed out the merits of the new law, known as Kwara State Public Audit Law no. 4 of 2021, which was assented by Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday, June 30, 2021, following the speedy passage of the bill which went to the Kwara state legislature as an executive bill, after a public hearing conducted by the House Committee on Public Accounts on Monday, June 28, 2021.

The group applauded the enactment of the bill, which it said repeals the outdated colonial (and post-colonial) era audit legislations guiding public accounts audits in the state.

The release stated “Like many other states across the federation, it is instructive to reiterate that, prior to this new audit law, Kwara state had a set of very outdated laws and regulations that governed its public audit process.

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