Anti-graft War: EFCC Staff Train on Use of GIFMIS

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, 19, 2022 organized a one day training programme on Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) and the Public Financial Management Report (PFMR) aimed of improving the capacity of staff on accounting stewardship, scrutiny, accountability and transparency.

The training which took place at the EFCC Headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, had in attendance Management Staff, Zonal Commanders and delegates from Accounts and Audit Departments.

The Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who was represented by the Director of Accounts, Hamman Joda Mohammed thanked the delegates from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for making time to share their knowledge with the Commission, while appreciating participants for attending.

“As an agency that fights corruption, it is necessary for us to understand how the GIFMIS works in helping the government to curb corruption, even making it difficult for people to steal,” he said.

In his presentation, the GIFMIS Program Manager, Kola Mohammed Arab gave the background to GIFMIS, including that it was formed on April 2, 2012 to strengthen government accountability, reduce corruption and ensure efficient service delivery. He explained its objectives, modules, exchange of Data and the access control procedures of the system.

Salawu A. Zubairu, Technical Adviser to the Accountant General of the Federation, spoke on the National Charts of Accounts, where he detailed the system of budgeting, accounting and statistical reporting requirements of the government. “The necessity of a robust Chart of Accounts is borne out of the desire to subject public finance to greater scrutiny, accountability and transparency. Which is aimed at accessing resources mobilization, its efficiency and effectiveness because without accountability corruption flourish unnoticed,” Zubairu said.

He concluded by saying that the system supports the entire public resource management through modernization techniques and due information deployment of government resources.

A Deputy Program Manager, O.T Adeoti spoke on Audit Procedure and Management. He explained that auditing is not aimed at detecting fraud or error but the examination of all available and relevant evidence by the auditor with the intent to report on the correctness of the financial statement.

He buttressed the importance of the internal control systems as being part of the management control system designed to ensure all systems of accounts and stores including rules and regulations established by the management are properly executed.