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Nigeria: New Agency to Monitor How Federal Government Spends Tax Payers Money

(Oct. 16, 2009) It was reported on October 16, 2009, that the Nigerian House of Representatives is working on a bill for an “Act for the Creation of the National Office of Government Performance and Accountability of 2009,” which if passed will create a congressional watchdog to make the federal government more accountable and efficient. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Public Accounts, Justice and Public Service for review. (Onwuka Nzeshi, House Moves to Establish Congressional Watchdog, THIS DAY, Oct. 16, 2009, available at

According to Dimeji Bankole, the Speaker of the House and the sponsor of the bill, the agency would provide support to the National Assembly in carrying out its duties by improving the way in which the federal government operates. Bankole said that the agency would provide the National Assembly with “objective, fact based, non-partisan, … [and] fair and balanced” information. (Id.)

One of the functions of the agency under the current form of Bankole's bill is to audit federal departments and agencies to determine how effectively and efficiently they spend federal funds. The agency will also examine government programs and policies and issue reports on their effectiveness, with recommendations for the National Assembly's consideration. The bill provides that the head of the agency will be nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the President of Nigeria, for a five-year tenure. (Id.)