By Maureen Agbala/Angela Nwanodu

Awka, Feb. 25, 2021 (MOI) As part of measures in Public Finance Management for good governance in Anambra State, women in the financial sector in the state have been urged to improve on their productivity.

Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye said this at a workshop organised by Anambra State and Local Government Reform Project (ANSLOGOR) in collaboration with JK Consulting Company Ltd.

Mr Okoye explained that the essence of internal auditing was for effective management control and to feed management with relevant information that would help to ensure that the accounting system would be kept the way it should be.

He described the training as apt on capacity building optimal for a productive workforce, noting that the state would always provide necessary tools to empower its workforce but, however, the decision was theirs to do better.

“If you did not gain anything from this training, the state has wasted resources and you have wasted time and energy.

“It means there was no personal development in your existing capacity. It is the desire for knowledge that will stand you out.’’

The commissioner assured the European Union, World Bank and other stakeholders of the state’s support for ongoing Public Financial Management Reforms.

The State Auditor-General, Mr Alexander Onwuli said that there had been an increase in productivity level since ANSLOGOR started capacity building and tasked participants to take the programme seriously, as it would improve their productivity and ensure future participation in further training.

The commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Daniel Ezeanwu.

The State Accountant General, Mr Hillary Obigwe said the training would go a long way in enhancing their capacity for improved service delivery and it would widen the work perspective of the two professional cadres in the State Civil Service.

While emphasising on the relevance of internal auditors in the state workforce, Mr Obigwe admonished the participants to “apply as much effort and precision to acquisition and development of non-technical attributes that you currently have in the enhancement of your traditional internal auditing expertise’’.

JK Consultant, Dr J K Naiyeju said: “knowledge is the tool that will erase female marginalisation in the sector; training will take productivity to another level.

“Knowledge is power, once you don’t have the knowledge you will be cheated even when you are right.’’ Acting Project Coordinator, ANSLOGOR, Mrs Ifeoma Ezedebego urged the participants to ensure that they acquired knowledge to do what it would take for proper accounting and financial reporting in the state. (MOI)

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