Aghughu Adolphus has been confirmed by the Senate for appointment as Auditor-General for the Federation, following a nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The confirmation was sequel to the presentation and consideration of a report of the Committee on Public Accounts by the Chairman, Sen. Urhoghide Mathew (PDP-Edo).
Mr. Urhoghide in his presentation, said that the committee after screening, found the nominee qualified to be appointed, given his experiences, pedigree and performance over the years at the Audit House.
A profile on the website of Audit House says Mr. Adolphus was born on 7th September 1962 and hails from Idima Ewatto, Esan South East LGA in Edo State.
He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bendel State University (Now Edo State University), Ekpoma in 1986. He also holds a master’s degree in Economics from University of Benin and is currently a doctoral student at Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Mr. Adolphus is a Fellow of Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN), and a member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACT l) and Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
Senate President Ahmed Lawan in his remarks, after the confirmation, said the National Assembly and the executive are to ensure that the auditor-general remains truly autonomous and independent.
“We have achieved so much by giving the auditor –general the financial autonomy which he requires, but I think we can do better as a government.
“The Audit House is still not a befitting headquarters for the office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.
“The auditor-general needs office accommodation, like the Treasury House, like the EFCC office complex, where it can accommodate all its staff to carry out their auditing jobs.
“A situation where the audit staff are resident in the organisations where they should audit is unacceptable, so we need to do a lot more to support the Auditor-General for the Federation to be more effective and efficient,” Mr. Lawan said.