OrderPaperToday – The Senate Committee on Public Accounts has tasked the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation to focus more on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and other auditing big revenue-generating agencies of government.
Chairman of the Committee, Mathew Urhoghide, placed this demand when the acting Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, appeared for 2021 budget defence on Monday.
The Senator said: “You claim that you are auditing the account of the federation and you won’t touch the accounts of the NNPC, NPA, NIMASA among others.
“You will remove all the big spenders from your watch list but you will focus on smaller agencies. That is what has been happening from 2015 till date.
“We don’t want to be seeing these smaller agencies of government that you are focusing on because they can’t settle well. We are tired of seeing audit queries involving municipal councils leaving behind the big agencies”.
Urhoghide blamed the auditor’s office for being part of the cause of corruption in Nigeria, urging them to be more proactive before misappropriation of funds occur.
“Your negligence has led to the institution of corruption. Why should you wait for corruption to be consummated in Nigeria before you act?
“You should undertake performance audit at every stage of construction. You shouldn’t wait till the project is completed before raising the alarm and allow EFCC to step in and collect huge sums to fight corruption.
“It is because the auditors allows it. You are part of the cause of corruption in Nigeria,” he added.
Recall that Sen. Urhoghide had last week demanded increased budgetary allocation to the office of the auditor general.