Nigeria’s National Assembly fails to account for N9 billion – Audit Report

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The National Assembly
management failed to account for
a total expenditure of over N9.4
billion in 2014, the latest audit
report has revealed.
The money included N9.39 billion
for which no “documentary
evidence” was provided and a N47
million to be returned to
government coffers out of which
only N360,000 was returned;
giving a total of N9,440,844,572
(nine billion, four hundred and
forty million, eight hundred and
four thousand, five hundred and
seventy two Naira).
The audit report of government
bodies (2009-2014) was submitted
to the Clerk to the National
Assembly in March 2016 as
statutorily provided. The full
contents were recently publicly
disclosed by the Office of the
Auditor General of the Federation
on its website.
The report indicted several
government bodies of illegal and
profligate spending, and failing to
remit over N3 trillion into
government’s treasury.
Apart from the National Assembly,
other key bodies indicted include
the state oil company, Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation,
Ministry of Interior, the
Presidency, Central Bank of Nigeria
and some foreign missions.
According to the report, between
January and December, 2014 under
the leadership of David Mark as
Senate President and Salisu
Maikasuwa as the Clerk, the
Management Department of the
National Assembly Commission
transferred N9,392,995,515.00
(Nine billion, three hundred and
ninety-two million, nine hundred
and ninety-five thousand, five
hundred and fifteen naira) from
the general services account to
other accounts in different banks.
The purposes stated for the
transfer include Senate General
Services, Appropriation,
Constitutional Review, House of
Representatives Services, UNDP
Projects and Research Office
Services.
However, “no expenditure returns
or documentary evidence were
rendered to account for how these
sums were expended,” the report
said, raising question of
accountability and legality.

KARANTA WADANNAN;
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