Australia’s New South Wales govt announces Nigerian-born Oyetunji as next Auditor-General

The New South Wales Government in Australia has appointed Nigerian-born Bola Oyetunji as its next Auditor-General.

The appointment of Oyetunji as the next Auditor-General was announced by Premier Chris Minns last Wednesday.

He will be sworn into office in April when the current Auditor-General Margaret Crawford concludes her eight-year term.

According to a statement on the government website, Oyetunji was appointed following a merit-based recruitment process.

His former roles include Group Executive Director – Financial Statements Audit Service Group and Group Head – Systems Assurance and Data Analytics Group at the Australian National Audit Office. He also had a long and successful period in senior roles at the Audit Office of NSW.

Oyetunji’s extensive executive leadership experience includes strategy development, governance, data analytics, finance, accounting and auditing spanning Commonwealth, State and Local government.

“I welcome the appointment of Mr Oyetunji as the next Auditor-General of this state.

“His extensive experience across all levels of government will be valued highly in this important role.

“Under Mr Oyetunji, the Audit Office will continue to ensure public money is used to achieve the best outcomes for NSW.

“I’d like to thank outgoing Auditor-General Margaret Crawford PSM for her work over the past eight years, including the many significant reviews conducted by her and her team,” Premier of New South Wales Chris Minns said.

According to the Treasurer Daniel Mookhey “Mr Oyetunji’s credentials in auditing, including his roles at the Australian National Audit Office and Audit Office of NSW, will be invaluable to ensuring public money is properly spent to best serve the people of NSW.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Auditor-General Margaret Crawford PSM for her service over the past eight years, working tirelessly to help the Parliament of New South Wales hold governments accountable for their use of public resources.”

Oyetunji said his “Being appointed as the next Auditor-General for NSW is a great honour.

“I am committed to the integrity and independence required of the role in holding government and state agencies accountable for how they govern and use resources under their management. I look forward to serving the NSW Parliament in this capacity.”

Meanwhile, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has described the appointment of Oyetunji as well-deserved and commendable.

In a congratulatory message, the NIDCOM boss described the news of Oyetunji as the newest Auditor-General in New South Wales, Australia, as heart-warming.

“The appointment is a confirmation of the resilience and competence of Nigerians living abroad thus making the country proud of them”, a statement e-signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NiDCOM Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit on Monday read.

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