Abuja- The Federal Government has said that it will partner
with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to train Civil
Servants on forensic investigation.
This is contained in a statement issued by Akinwumi
Olufunke, Information Officer to the Director of Communications in the office
of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
The statement said the essence of the partnership, was to
ensure accountability and efficient service delivery.
Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the
Federation said this in Abuja on Friday when members of the governing council
of ICAN visited her.
She said that time had come for the inculcation of new
innovations and proactive attitude to improve the skills of Civil Servants to
ensure better service delivery to Nigerians.
According to her, training of Civil Servants in forensic
investigation will not only restore integrity and dignity of the service, but
will ensure an Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-Centred (EPIC)
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This, she said, was what the present administration hoped to
She added that accuracy and integrity placed the accounting
professionals above board in the discharge of their duties.
This, she further said, was in consonance with the newly
adopted International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
She explained that IPSAS is an accrual based standard used
for the preparation of general purpose financial statements by government and
other public sector entities around the world.
Oyo-Ita stressed that IPSAS was used to enhance the quality,
consistency and transparency of public sector financial reporting worldwide.
The statement quoted ICAN President Otunba Femi Deru, as
saying that there was the need for nomination and sponsorship of Accountants in
the Civil Service to attend courses organised by the institute.
This, he said, was to enable them enhance their skills,
adding that knowledge was perishable when not renewed.
He, however, expressed confidence that Civil Servants would
perform optimally if the present administration explored possible ways to equip
them with relevant skills and materials (EEM)For
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