Extra budgetry spending: Reps grill 15 MDAs

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, PAC has queried the Chief Executive Officers CEOs of 15 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government MDAs over what it described as extra-budgetary expenditure running into several billions of Naira contrary to financial regulations

Chairman of the House Committee Hon.Oluwole Oke and members of the committee grilled the Chief Executive Officers of the agencies at an investigative hearing on the audit query report of the Auditor-General of the Federation to the committee

He said the queries to the agencies were 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 declared that most of the Agencies being investigated by the Committee were summoned by it to shed light on the alleged extra-budgetary spending as contained in the queries

According to Him Oke, ” this Committee is out to withch hunt anybody or Organization but to ensure prudency and accountability of the public money put in care of their Chief Executives, either serving or retired”

Some notable agencies that made appearances or send representation before the committee include the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria SURCON, Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs MFA, National Insurance Scheme

The Committee Chairman in a remark said that the agencies these agencies were involved in extra-budgetary expenditure running into several billions of Naira through their overhead budgets

Before discharging the Agencies, the Committee resolved to set some sub-Comittees to work with the Agencies to resolves all the queries at stake and we’ll resolved to pay oversight visit to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS

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