OrderPaperToday – The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has shunned the Senate Committee on Public Accounts which is probing an alleged mismanagement of about N180 billion by the agency.
The allegation is contained in the 2015 audit report of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
According to the report, there are no documents showing evidence of the payment vouchers worth over N65 million which it noted contravenes Financial Regulation 603.
The Regulation states that: “All vouchers shall contain all particulars of each service, such as dates, numbers, quantities, distances, rates, as to enable them to be checked without reference to any other documents. They are to be supported by relevant documents such as local purchase orders, invoice, special letters of authority, timesheets, etc.”
The report from the office of AuGF’s reads: “Examination of sampled payment vouchers of NYSC revealed that vouchers totaling N65,414,535.54 (Sixty-five million, four hundred and fourteen thousand, five hundred and thirty-five naira, fifty-four kobo) were not supported with relevant documents such as receipts, invoice, etc.
“The Director-General has been requested to explain why payments should be made without relevant supporting documents and also forward the supporting documents to my Office, otherwise the expenditure will not be accepted as a legitimate charge to public funds.”
Alongside the above-mentioned, the report also identified that some state offices of the NYSC equally did not provide vouchers for payments made to the tune of N115 million.
“It was observed that some state offices of NYSC made several payments totaling N115,778,287.28 (One hundred and fifteen million, seven hundred and seventy-eight thousand, two hundred and eighty-seven naira, twenty-eight kobo), but the associated payment vouchers were not presented for examination.
“It was not possible to confirm whether the payments were in the public interest. Refusal to make the payment vouchers available for audit examination is an indication that the expenditures may not have been in the interest of the public.
“The Director-General has been requested to explain why the payment vouchers were not made available for audit examination and also forward them to my Office, otherwise the expenditure will not be accepted as a legitimate charge to public funds”, the report reads.
Responding, the Chairman of the senate committee, Mathew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo) also noted that the panel has extended series of invitations to the NYSC to defend the indictment but they were ignored.