In a groundbreaking development, Dr. Oluwatoyin Madein, Nigeria's first female Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), has assumed office with an unwavering commitment to lead an administration characterized by zero tolerance for corruption. Taking over from Ag. Sylva Okolieaboh at the Ministry of Finance in Abuja, Dr. Madein, a distinguished scholar holding a Ph.D. in Financial Management, aims to redefine the standards of excellence within the Ministry, which has recently faced adverse publicity due to alleged multi-billion naira fraud under the late Attorney General Ahmed Idris.
According to Daily Post, Acknowledging the challenges faced by the office of the Attorney General in the past year, Dr. Madein expressed her appreciation for the efforts made by her predecessor in addressing these issues. With optimism and determination, she emphasized the importance of building upon the progress achieved and ensuring that the Department of Finance thrives under her leadership. Driven by the shared vision of returning to the glory days of Nigeria's forefathers, she stressed the indispensability of cooperation among the Ministry's personnel. Furthermore, she emphasized the pivotal role of adhering to the fundamental principles of zero tolerance for corruption in fulfilling their statutory responsibilities, which will ultimately restore the esteemed reputation of the office.
Alongside her commitment to combating corruption, the new AGF announced her ambitious plans to fully digitize the management of federal government finances. Drawing from her extensive experience as the director of finance and accounting in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Madein aims to leverage cutting-edge technology to streamline financial processes and enhance transparency in fiscal operations.
During the handover ceremony, Kayode Naiyeju, a former attorney general, commended the retiring Ag. Sylva Okolieaboh for his outstanding performance during his tenure. Naiyeju appealed to the Federal Government to consider offering Okolieaboh a permanent post, citing his exceptional accomplishments in the role. Drawing attention to a precedent where a retired Ag. AGF was appointed in the past, and Naiyeju expressed confidence in Okolieaboh's capabilities and urged the government to recognize his invaluable contributions.
As Dr. Madein assumes her new position, Naiyeju recommended that she convene a crucial closed-door meeting with all directors of the OAGF. In this setting, he suggested an open and honest dialogue aimed at strengthening ethical values and promoting improved performance in their duties. Naiyeju shared a previous instance where his intervention, alongside another former Attorney General, was instrumental in securing the appointment of a director from the Finance Chamber. He alluded to recent organizational developments that had raised concerns regarding the suitability of OAGF personnel for the role of Attorney General.
With Dr. Oluwatoyin Madein at the helm of the Ministry of Finance, Nigeria anticipates a transformative era characterized by unwavering integrity, technological advancement, and a renewed commitment to excellence. The nation's finances are poised to enter a new chapter, bolstered by the resolute efforts of its first female AGF.
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