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Audit Queries Must Be Answered within 24 Hours - Buhari

As part of efforts to reduce corruption in the civil service, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that henceforth, all audit queries must be answered within 24 hours, ThisDayLive reports.

The president also directed the Auditor-General of the Federation to ensure that all outstanding audit queries were resolved within 30 days.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu who confirmed the development said the orders followed the president's displeasure on hearing that audit queries remained unanswered for long periods, sometimes running into years, under previous administrations.

Shehu said Buhari was irrevocably committed to tackling administrative and bureaucratic corruption head-on.

"The era of impunity is gone. The President is taking the war on corruption to the civil service. He is not happy that standard operating procedures and financial regulations are no longer being observed as they should.

"President Buhari will ensure that public officials and civil servants in the service of the Federal Government pay a heavy price from now on for violating financial regulations or disregarding audit queries," Shehu said.