The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account chaired by Hon Oluwole Oke has summoned the Clerk to the National Assembly, Architect Amos Ojo to appear before the committee.
The chairman of the committee who gave the order on Friday stated that this became necessary following the rumour making the rounds and the public outcry especially by the civil organization that a whopping amount of money is missing in National Assembly.
According to Hon Oke, this committee is thereby summoning the Clerk to the National Assembly to appear before it on Dec 22 to explain and respond to the Auditor General query.
The office of the Auditor- General for the Federation (AuGF) in its 2019 Annual Audit Report had indicted the Management of the National Assembly over how it spent funds running into billions of naira without necessary documents to back up such expenses.
The AGF, Aghughu Adolphus, in the audit queries uncovered how over N8.5 billion from the funds released to the National Assembly were expended within the period under review without evidence.
The report, submitted to the Clerk to the National Assembly in August this year as required by the constitution, said the monies under scrutiny were not backed by vouchers and retirement documents.
The audit report uncovered various infractions by the House of Representatives, the Senate and the National Assembly Service Commission. The audit report is usually submitted to the National Assembly Public Accounts committees for investigation.
It was reported that for over a year, the Senate Public Accounts Committee had been investigating expenditures of federal government agencies from 2015 – 2018 based on a report by the Auditor- General for the Federation.
When contacted to react to the story, the director of information in the National Assembly, Comrade Agada claimed that he was not aware of the story while Mr Adesoro, Special Adviser on media and labour to the CNA when contacted on the matter stated,Summoned by who as he is not in receipt of any letter and when? What are the issues