By Raphael Izokpu
The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria (CIFIA) has called on the House of Representatives to speed up the process of concurrence on the CIFIA Bill in order to boost the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
CIFIA’s Chief promoter, Dr Victoria Enape, made the appeal at the induction/ training of new members in Abuja, with the theme “Transition to Forensic and Investigative Audit”, as she advised the Federal Government to embrace the current trend of forensic and investigative auditing to revamp the nation’s economy and check fraudulent practices.
Speaking further Enape said that, “if the Bill is passed, it would help position forensic fellows in various organisations and agencies to check illicit financial flow in the country.
The Bill for an Act to establish the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria was jointly sponsored by Sen. Ahmed Lawan, the Senate Majority Leader and Sen. Andy Uba, which was passed by the Senate in July this year and it awaits harmonisation by the lower chamber before its transmission to the president for assent.
“Our appeal is that the Bill should be given speedy consideration at the House of Representatives, so that it can be send to the president for assent”, she said.
“After presidential assent, we will be able to do anything Nigeria wants us to do to assist in ensuring prevention of fraud.’’
On her part, a fellow of CIFIA, Mr Mavis Ighota, said that the induction would enable the professional diversity in response to the urgent globalisation in the fight against fraud and corruption.
According to Ighota, CIFIA is soliciting for collaboration with ICAN and other professional bodies in order to achieve their respective goals.