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Reps summon former NPA boss, other Heads of MDAs

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has summoned a former Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority NPA Mr. Habib Abdullahi and Director of Finance and Accounts of the agency to appear before it within seven days over their inability to audit the account of the agency for four years consecutively.

Chairman of the Committee Mr. Wole Oke gave the ruling at a resumed investigative hearing of the Committee on 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 of them by the laws since 2014.

The Committee which interrogated the Managing Director of the NPA Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman and Chief Executive Officers CEOs of the MDAs government agencies over their inability to render their audited accounts to the Auditor-General’s office as at an when due threatened the officials concerned to “be ready to refund to the Federal Government all salaries and allowances paid to you while in office since you failed to perform your official responsibilities.”

However, the NPA boss said that the Agency had submitted its last audited accounts up to 2016 and 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 the Board of the Agency was dissolved and while the new one would be inaugurated before the end of this week after which the report would be presented for the Board’s consideration

However, the committee frowned at the delay in the submission of the report and the signing of previous years audit report by the agency and consequently placed it under status inquiry for thorough investigation

The Committee also gave the NPA boss a seven-day ultimatum within which to submit the audited accounts of the Agency to the new Board on inauguration for approval and for eventual submission to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

Source: Voice of Nigeria