OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has ordered the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMIDP) to provide within a week all details on the utilization of N25 billion appropriated between 2015 and 2019 fiscal years.
The Committee also vowed to investigate the efficiency of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with a view to stop the menace of ghost workers in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
These were part of the outcomes of the meeting of the committee over the 2015 to 2019 audit queries issued by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF) on Monday at the National Assembly.
In interrogating the NCRMIDP, the committee lamented observed inconsistencies and discrepancies in the documents presented by its officials and therefore requested for details of all the capital projects.
According to the documents presented by the Commission to the Committee indicated that a total sum of N28.959 billion was appropriated between 2015 to 2019, the sum of N1.894 billion was released for personnel cost; N433.218 million for overhead cost while N23.923 billion was approved for capital expenditure.
Out of the amount, the sum of N22.369 billion was released out of which N14.735 billion was for capital expenditure.
As stipulated in the document, the sums of N2.583 billion were released in 2015; N1.462 billion in 2016; N2.346 billion in 2017; N1.058 in 2018 and N1.370 billion in 2019 for the implementation of various Zonal Intervention Projects respectively.
The documents further revealed that additional N100 million was released from the Service Wide Vote (SWV) to the Commission in 2017.
In probing further, Mr. Wole Oke, chairman of the committee, queried the whereabouts of the sum of N25 billion, saying “we are out to defend the expenditure of N25 billion; that is the task before us now. What did you do with N25 billion. Yes you could make payment to x, y, z, which is reflected in the bank statement but what is the consideration; what is the purpose of the payment?
“If the bank tells you debit and credit, you pay x, y, z, yes; inflow from federal government, from the office of the Accountant General release based on the budget provisions then outflow – expenditure. So our question is, what was the consideration, what did you pay for”.
In a reference, Mrs. Ama Edet, Head of Planning, Research and Documentation at the Commission, explained that the compilation of the document was not done by her.
“This job was supposed to be job of an accountant but it was given to me to compile. So I don’t know anything about the money on the compilation. I don’t know”, she submitted.