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North-East journalists strongly advocate adopting audit reporting as a powerful tool to hold governments accountable.

NorthEast  journalists have called on media to strongly advocate adopting audit reporting as a powerful tool to hold governments accountable.

To enhance its role in holding governments accountable, journalists from five states in NorthEast Nigeria called on the media to adopt the practice of audit reporting. They said the constitutionally mandated audit reports contain critical and significant information deserving broader exposure.

The recommendation highlights the communique of the Fifth Audit Reporting Workshop of the FrontFoot Media Initiative, held at the Emerald Luxury Suites Hotel in Gombe State.

It drew 46 participants from Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, and Taraba State, as well as from broadcast, online, and print media.

Participants at the Fifth Audit Reporting Training:
A. Called on journalists to intensify their watchdog role in monitoring governments at state and local levels.
B. The media must take the lead in implementing audit reporting. By doing so, they can provide more comprehensive coverage of public financial management, thereby significantly contributing to government accountability.
C. The urgency and importance of this issue necessitate FrontFoot Media to organise repeat sessions of the Media Audit Reporting Training. Given its undeniable utility in promoting government transparency, this will continue until the practice of audit reporting becomes established in the media.

The chairman, Umar Said, a member, Victoria Roland Andekin, and the secretary, Chika Udenkwo, signed the communique.

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