No audited accounts, no budgetary allocations – Reps to MDAs

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Government agencies that fail to submit their audited accounts to the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF) will be blocked from accessing their budgetary allocations, the House of Representatives said on Monday.

The House also threatened to name and shame all ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs) that have failed to submit their audited accounts to appropriate quarters.

This is besides deploying the constitutional instrument of arrest, where violations border on criminality.

The House frowned at instances where MDAs were invited to appear before its Public Accounts Committee failed to do so.

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It said such action was a clear indication that they have something to hide.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Public Account, Oluwole Oke, spoke yesterday at a public hearing on the refusal of non-treasury funded agencies to submit their audited accounts to the OAGF, in accordance with laws of the land.

Oke expressed anger at the actions of the MDAs, saying: “When it comes to performing the duty of spending money as Chief Executive, you do that judiciously. But when it comes to rendering account, you are hesitant at doing so. If you don’t render account, how will the Auditor General be able to audit the account of the country and tell us the state of our finances?

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The lawmaker was also unhappy with the absence of the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Central Bank or Nigeria (CBN) governor.

He noted that it was a sign of disrespect for the parliament.

Oke turned down an Assistant General Manager who said he was representing the Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

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Warning the MDAs concerned, he said: “The National Assembly will be left with no option than to exercise its power of appropriation to allocate nil funds to such MDAs for their failure to account for funds released to them.

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