Borno gets new Accountant General

By Suru Charles

Baba Bura Usman has been appointed the new Accountant General of Borno State.
The appointment which was approved by the state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum and announced by the spokesman of the Governor, Malam Isa Gusau.

Until his appointment, Usman was the Director of Treasury Operations at the Borno State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning.

The 57 years old hails from Kaga Local Government Area in northern Borno State and has over 20 year’s experience in financial management and internal control systems, the statement said.

While making the announcement, the governor noted that the accountant general had, since 1990, worked as Accounts Assistant with a private firm, Premier Property Dev Co. Ltd, before joining Borno State Civil Service as Senior Accountant deployed to Borno State Council for Arts and Culture, Maiduguri, in 1998.

Baba Bura Usman

Usman was Principal Accountant (Expenditure) at the Government House in Maiduguri back in 2001 and was Chief Accountant at the Department of Budget and Planning in 2003, at the Borno State Universal Basic Education in 2010 and the Borno State Pensions Office in 2017 before he rose to become Director of Borno State Pensions also in 2017.

In 2018 Usman became the Head of the state’s Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU) and in 2019, he became a Director of Finance & Accounts, retaining his headship of the Project Financial Management Unit.

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Usman also served at the Borno State Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) before he became Director of Treasury Operations in 2020 until today’s appointment.

The statement noted that the new Accountant General holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Accountancy, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance and Master’s Degree in Disaster Risk Management &Development Studies, all from the University of Maiduguri.

He also holds a national diploma in accountancy and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Management both from Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri.

Usman has attended financial management courses within Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates and holds certificates in Advanced Financial Management, Information Technology and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) as well as in computer skills, Gusau said.

The new Accountant General is a Fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered System Accountants.

Usman is also a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

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