Financial infractions: Senate reports NAFDAC, NECO, 45 other MDAs…

Written by on May 11, 2023

The Senate, yesterday, indicted the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and 45 others Ministries , Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The indictment was sequel to the reports of 2017 and 2018 of the Auditor General of the Federation considered by Senate Public Accounts Committee which was upheld at the plenary session.

Addressing newsmen after the presentation of the reports, Vice Chairman, Senate Public Accounts Committee, Hassan Hadejia, said the committee was able to submit four reports to the Senate which had never happened since 1999.

He said the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 reports of the Auditor General were been submitted and considered by the Senate.

He assured that the committee would submit a bill seeking strict implementation of the National Assembly recommendation Annual Federal Audit Reports and for related matters, 2023( SB.117) by next week which would  enable the country fight corruption.

Similarly, the Senate ordered the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to recover $10 million paid for legal fee and technical charges without results to Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

In the $10 million expected to be recovered, was $5 million for legal fee and additional $5 million for technical charges.

The $5 million was said to be the five per cent of the $9.3 billion Nigerian hydro-carbon loss between 2013 and 2014.The law firm, not disclosed, was expected to carry out necessary legal actions that would enable NIMASA to perfect an intelligence based efforts to track the nation’s hyrdo-carbon global movement.

The Senate, therefore, sustained the report of the committee which indicted NIMASA.

Other MDAs indicted by the 2017 and 2018 report are Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Environment, National Library, Financial Reporting Council, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Mortgage Bank, Energy Commission, Nigerian Copyright Commission, Maritime Academy of Nigeria.

Also indicted are Ministry of Justice , Federal Civil Service Commission, Public Complaint Commission, University of Uyo, University of Abuja, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, National Examination Council (NECO).

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