•Officials may refund salaries, allowances to govt
FORMER Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Mr. Habib Abdullahi and Director of Finance and Accounts of the agency are to appear before the House of Representatives within seven days over their alleged inability to audit the account of the agency for four years.
Committee Chairman Wole Oke gave the ruling at the resumed hearing of the committee on the failure of the over 300 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to render audited accounts to the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation as required by the laws from 2014 to date.
The committee also summoned other former and current heads of the MDAs to appear before it.
They are the immediate past Director-General (DG), Solid Mineral Development Fund (SMDF), Mr. Mahi Shehu Ahmed, his counterpart at the National Teachers Institute Kaduna, Dr. Aminu Ladan Salihu and two former directors, Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry Lagos.
Also, a former director of Finance and Account of the Centre for Citizenship, Mr. Henry Akinobola and other officers of the agency were summoned.
The committee, which quizzed the Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the MDAs over their inability to render their audited accounts to the Auditor-General’s office as and when due, threatened the officials to be ready to refund to the Federal Government all salaries and allowances paid to them while in office, since they had failed to perform their duties.
The NPA boss said that the agency submitted its last audited accounts up to 2016 and was only awaiting the board’s approval for the 2017 and 2018 audit reports to be submitted to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
She, however, said that the board of the agency was dissolved, adding that a new one would be inaugurated before the end of the week after which the report would be presented for the board’s consideration.
But the lawmakers were unhappy at the delay in the submission of the report and the signing of previous years’ audit report by the agency. They consequently placed it under status enquiry for a thorough investigation.
A seven-day ultimatum was given to the NPA boss by the committee within which to submit the audited accounts of the agency to the new board on inauguration for approval and for eventual rendition to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
In the case of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, the committee directed its director general and bursar to refund all salaries and benefits collected to the Federal Government for their failure in their official responsibilities.
But the DG of the Solid Mineral Development Funds was given a seven-day ultimatum to render its financial accounts to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.