Shaakaa Kanyitor Chira was on Wednesday confirmed as the Auditor-General for the Federation. The confirmation followed his appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on October 20, 2023.
Chira was born on 12 February, 1968 and hails from Donga Local government of Taraba state, Nigeria.
He holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Public Sector Accounting as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
He is a Fellow, Association of National Accountant of Nigeria – FCNA. Member, Computer Forensics Institute. Nigeria – MCFI. Member Chartered Institute of Taxation ACTI.
He is a trained AFROSAI-E Performance Auditor and has also received training on:
a) Geopolitics, Industrial Reforms and System Engineering organised by LITESOL consultancy, Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE), March, 2019.
b) International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) for Executives, Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE), May 2018.
c) International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) for senior Executives by PWC, London May, 2014.
d) Performance Auditing and Statistics by GIZ and AFROSAI-E South Africa Oct., 2012
e) Performance Audit by OAuGF in conjunction with AFROSAI-E, Riez Continental Hotel Abuja, April, 2022.
f) Computer Forensics and Fraud Examination, by Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, Abuja, June, 2021
g) AFROSAI-E Performance Auditing, Abuja, June, 2015.
f) Statistical tools and Data Analysis, by AFROSAI-E, July 2020
g) Auditor-General Management Development Programmes by AFROSAI-E, Abuja 2019 among many others.
Part of Mr. Chira’s working experience include as:
1. Deputy Director of Audit: Programme and Performance Audit
Department 2018 to 2022 where took charge of Performance Audit division, taking Responsibility for Audit development planning and advising the Director on matters relating to auditing matters
2. Deputy Director of Audit: Federal Capital Territory/Area Council (FCT/AC) Audit Department Abuja. 2017 taking charge of division and responsibility for Audit development planning assisting in the general administration of the department
3. Assistant Director of Audit: Legislative Audit Department National Assembly 2016 taking charge of a Branch at the Headquarters.
4. The Chief Auditor: Office of the Auditor General for the Federation among other numerous positions held.
His hobbies are reading, listening to the News and farming. He is also married with children.
Chira takes over as the Substantive Auditor-General for the Federation following the retirement of Mr. Adolphus Aghughu on 7 September, 2022.