17 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has queried Chief Executive Officers of fifteen Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government over extra-budgetary expenditure running into several billions of Naira contrary to financial regulations
The Chairman of the Committee Oluwole Oke disclosed this at an investigative hearing on the audit query report of the Auditor-General of the Federation submitted to the committee for further legislative action.
According to him the queries to the agencies emanated from the Auditor-General’s report on the financial statements issued by the office of the Accountant-General to the agencies pursuant to section 85 of the 1999 Constitution.
He further noted that most of the Agencies being investigated by the Committee were summoned to shed light on the alleged extra-budgetary spending as contained in the queries
The lawmaker who said the Committee was not out to witch hunt anyone or Organization stressed the need to ensure prudence and accountability of public funds put in care of their Chief Executives, either serving or retired.
The Chairman who reiterated the committee’s commitment to ensuring that all queries were answered said sub committees would be set up to work with the Agencies to resolves all queries at stake.
These MDAs include the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria, SURCON, Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFA, and the National Insurance Scheme amongst others.