By Nkiruka Ezedinugwu
FEDERAL government has shortlisted 20 candidates for the position of Accountant-general of the federation, AGF. The 20 candidates, according to a circular issued by the government, were drawn from ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.
Remember that recently, Ahmed Idris, the former AGF, was arrested in Kano after he failed to respond to invitations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to answer questions over an allegation of N109 billion fraud.
Two days later, Idris was suspended indefinitely “without pay” by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.
Chukwunyere Anamekwe, who was chosen to replace Idris in an acting capacity, was also removed.
In the circular, the government explained that the shortlist followed reports of the anti-corruption agencies on the screening of prospective candidates that applied to participate in the process for the appointment of a substantive AGF.
It said the accreditation process for the shortlisted candidates would commence today, January 9.
“Consequently, the shortlisted candidates are to come for the accreditation exercise scheduled to take place from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th January, 2023 at Olusegun Obasanjo Hall, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Federal Secretariat, Phase lI, Abuja between 8.00 am and 4:00pm each day.
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