By Sanni Onogu, Abuja
The Federation’s Auditor Basic’s Workplace (AuGF), questioned the Nationwide Steerage Company (NOA) concerning the alleged fee of N2 billion in money advances to some workers who weren’t not retired.
The AuGF additionally criticized the company for paying 129 million naira to workers in money, opposite to the federal authorities’s digital fee coverage.
The questions are contained within the 2016 report of the Auditor Basic of the Federation examined by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts.
It was realized that NOA didn’t connect the supporting paperwork used for the disbursement of the two billion naira to the paperwork submitted to the committee, however solely introduced diaries to justify the bills, a growth that the committee members famous. disapproved.
Committee members additionally objected to the alleged fee of N129 million in money to sure company workers relatively than depositing the cash into their particular person financial institution accounts as stipulated within the digital fee round Ref. N ° TRY / A8 & B8 / 2008 OAGF / CAD / 026 / VOL.11 / 465 dated October 22, 2008.
A member of the Committee, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, inquired about what emergency led to the violation of the digital fee coverage and for which the N129million was to be paid to workers in money.
NOA Managing Director Dr Garba Abari, nonetheless, requested the Committee for extra time to permit the company to offer the related paperwork to assist the N2 billion expenditure.
Relating to the 129 million naira paid to workers in money, the company didn’t reply satisfactorily to Senator Nwaoboshi’s query.
The primary query reads: “The next observations had been made: – (a) A sum of N1.9 billion, in money superior to sure workers of the Company, was not withdrawn as of 31 December 2014.
“In 2015, further advances amounting to N 108.4 million had been recorded, bringing the full to N 2 billion.
“The follow of not canceling advances made to workers contravenes Monetary Regulation 1405 which states that accountants are answerable for the immediate compensation of all advances by installments or in any other case.
As well as, the advance register was not correctly stored and the pension file didn’t adjust to Monetary Regulation 1404, which requires each accountant in an extra-ministerial ministry / workplace and different branches of presidency to make sure that advance account registers are totally listed and stored for recording. advances issued and all collections made. “
NOA, in its written response, mentioned: “Upon cautious evaluation of our books, it was discovered that the numbers are program spending and will have been post-retirement spending and never capitalized and carried over to our assertion. of the monetary state of affairs generally. monetary assertion for functions (GPFS). “
The second query reads: “Examination of the Company’s fee vouchers revealed that funds totaling N 129,036,700.00 (100 and twenty-nine million, thirty-six thousand, seven hundred naira) violated the availability of the round on digital fee Ref. N ° TRY / A8 & B8 / 2008 / OAGF / CAD / 026 / VOL.11 / 465 of October 22, 2008 which stipulates that every one staff of the Federal Authorities of Nigeria should open an account with a business financial institution during which all funds are resulting from him / her should be paid and by no means ought to the Central Funds Officer (CPO) gather money from the financial institution for disbursement to a authorities official or contractor.
“Because of this, the expenditure can’t be accepted as a reliable cost on public funds. The Director-Basic must justify the violation of current laws.
“In any other case, the brokers who approved the funds ought to be sanctioned in accordance with Monetary Regulation 3128.”
In its written response, the company mentioned: “The fee in query was an accumulation of a number of funds revamped a time frame whereas the company was finishing up its varied applications.
“The urgency and nature of the Company’s applications generally requires it to make use of this system accountant to pay cash to individuals who might not have an account or who’re time-constrained and the circumstances to shortly entry their financial institution as a result of most of those applications are time-limited.
The committee chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, nonetheless, determined to grant the request of the director basic of the company for extra time to handle the problems raised within the petition and adjourned consideration of the report till Could 27, 2021.