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Forensic auditors kick as Reps delay passage of CIFIAN bill

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The protem council members of Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria (CIFIAN) have expressed concerns about the delay of a bill establishing the institute by House of Representatives.

The auditors, who converged on Abuja over the weekend during a training and induction ceremony for new fellow of the institute, wondered why the green chamber is still withholding the bill since when Senate had sent it to House representatives for concurrence.

SAHEL STANDARD had earlier reported how CIFIAN bill passed first and second readings in the Senate which was later passed 5th July, 2018 before it was transmitted to the House of Representatives in August 2018.

It would also be recalled that ICAN and CIFIAN have on different occasions locked horn over the bill. While ICAN alleged that approving the bill would amount to duplication of its responsibilities, CIFIAN argued that its role is clearly different.

Addressing journalists on behalf of the council members, the Protem  President of the Institute, Mrs Victoria Enape urged the outgoing 8th National Assembly to fast-track passage of the bill in order to start complementing the efforts of present administration to fight against corruption.

“We are surprised and worried about the delay in the House of Representatives due to the activities of the enemy of the Bill which is orchestrated by greediness and parochial interest of group of persons that has no interest of Nigeria at heart,” Enape said.

She added, “We are calling on the House of Representatives to disregard the antics of the enemy of Nigeria who has disguised self under the Protection of Accounting profession which is not but just to continue preventing a country that belongs to all from experiencing deliverance from fraud, corruption and cyber crimes which have dwarfed development over the years.”

Enape, however, recalled how fraud in Nigerian banks climbs N25bn in five years, adding that CIFIAN, as an anti-fraud organization is ready to tackle all financial frauds, cyber-crime and corruption.

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