OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) has grilled the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of 15 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government over audit queries from Auditor General of the Federation.

The committee was miffed by what it described as extra-budgetary expenditure running into several billions of naira contrary to financial regulations

Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Oluwole Oke (PDP, Osun) and other lawmakers grilled the officers of the agencies at an investigative hearing on the audit query report of the Auditor-General of the Federation on Tuesday.

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 further hinted 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 Oke, ” this committee is not out to witch-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 sent representations before the committee include the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON), Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Before discharging the agencies, the committee resolved to set some sub-committees to work with them to resolve all the queries at stake and pay oversight visit to the NHIS.

Last wee, the Senate Public Accounts Committee tasked the Auditor General to focus also on big MDAs in carrying out its mandate.

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