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NASS Dumping Audit Reports On MDAs Since 1999 – AGF

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Auditor-General-Samuel-UkuraSince 1999, at least 14 audit reports sent to the Public Accounts Committees (PAC) of both chambers of the National Assembly by the Office of Auditor General of the Federation (OAuGF), have been gathering dust without being presented to the plenary for consideration and action.

The Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a two-day retreat between OAuGF and Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of the Senate and House of Reprsentatives, in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The audit reports exposed fraudulent practices in federal ministries, department and agencies.

Mr. Ukura stressed that the reports were usually diligently produced by the office only for them to be abandoned by the legislature, whose duty it is to pass the audit reports for implementation.

Failure of the committees to submit the reports before the plenary sessions of both chambers of the National Assembly, has prevented the reports from being handed over to the executive arm of government for implementation, thus robbing Nigerians of the economic gains that would have occurred if the reports were implemented.

The AGF insisted that the anti-corruption campaign of the President Muhammadu Buhari government would succeed only if the National Assembly treats with passion, audit reports.

“Since 1999, we have submitted 14 annual reports to the Public Accounts Committees. Yes! They have considered them at the committee level but those reports haven’t been passed to the plenary session let alone passing them to the executive for implementation”, the Auditor General lamented.

The law requires that all audit reports from the Auditor General is sent to the National Assembly through the Public Accounts Committees, which will in turn consider the reports, and present same at the plenary.

The plenary would conclude work on the reports and forward to Mr. President for implementation but that hasn’t been the case in the last 16 years, since the country returned to democratic system of governance.

However, Mr. Ukura said, the retreat hopes to achieve that synergy between the PACs and the OAuGF so the process could run to its logical conclusion.

“From this retreat, we want to forge a cordial working relationship with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation so that all the audit reports we send to PACs will be processed and passed to the executive for implementation after it has been considered at the plenary sessions”, he said.

Mr. Ukura also called for the passage of the audit Bill before the National Assembly so the OAuGF will have greater autonomy to function.

According to him, the law currently in use is obsolete and does not capture current realities.

“The Audit Bill when passed will give the Auditor General independence – both financial and administrative – and other rights,” he said, adding that it has more sanctions to bite defaulters.

“The Law we are using now is since 1958 when the source of revenue was largely agriculture. But the economy is much more robust now hence the need for more encompassing law”, he said.

Speaking at the function, Hon. Chinda Kingsley, the Public Accounts Committee Chairman of the House of Representatives, assured that under his own leadership, the audit reports must be presented at plenary.

“Some of the reports have been considered but no report has been laid before the House by the committee. None ever, but I am not in a position to say why. The assurance I have given is that I shall lay reports before the House and part of our target is that we will be making quarterly report before the 8th Assembly winds up”, he assured.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

Also Read: Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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