Hot NewsPolitics

Budget Office paid N19bn to MDAs without minister’s approval; Senate demands refund

The Senate has indicted the Budget Office of the Federation for approving N19 billion to four ministries, department and agencies, MDAs, without the approval of the Minister of Finance.

The Senate has asked the Budget Office to refund the money to the Federation Account from the four unnamed MDAs.

This was uncovered by the Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South) led Senate Committee on Public Accounts that, in October last year, commenced investigation into alleged illegal payment of N19 billion to four unnamed MDAs by the Budget Office.

At the end of its investigation, the budget office was unable to present evidence of approval from Ministry of Finance before payment of N19 billion from Service Wide Vote to the four unnamed federal agencies.

Responding to the query, the Budget Office of the Federation claimed that it had written the office of the Auditor General of the Federation requesting for details for the four MDAs without response.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Urhoghide noted that the Budget Office did not present the letter it claimed to have written to the office of the Auditor-General requesting for details.

Due to failure of budget office to present approval for the payment of N19 billion to the four MDAs, the Senate adopted the report of Senate Public Accounts Committee on the matter asking for refund of the said amount to Nation’s purse.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button