Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has given President Muhammadu Buhari 14 days to direct the Legal professional Basic of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and anti-corruption businesses, to probe alleged lacking N300billion public funds.
The physique based mostly its demand on the 2017 audited report by the Auditor Basic of the Federation (AGF).
The July 4, 2020 letter was signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
It deplored that stunning revelations of mismanagement, diversion and stealing of public funds, in addition to unaccounted-for spending.
Copied had been Malami; Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC); Ibrahim Magu, Appearing Chairman, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC); and Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance.
The rights group charged the President and all officers to behave urgently act.
SERAP said that the audit report suggests a grave violation of the general public belief, and revealed that indicted Ministeries, Departments and Companies (MDAs)and the Nationwide Meeting lack efficient and credible inside processes to stop and fight corruption.
It was uncovered that the Federal Civil Service Fee (FCSC) allegedly spent ₦25,856,279 on behalf of Federal Ministry of Overseas Affairs to develop on-line recruitment in April 2014 with none supporting memo from the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, and with out due course of.
Though the challenge was suspended, the Fee allegedly paid ₦25,856,279 for contract not executed. The AGF really useful the total restoration of the general public funds.
The audit report stated granted money advances totalling ₦8,590,000 to 25 officers between February and December, 2016 however did not retire or account for the cash.
₦6,850,000 was allegedly paid for retailer gadgets that had been by no means provided. One other ₦2,619,210 was spent with out receipts. The AGF expressed concern that the cash might have been misappropriated or stolen, and really useful the total restoration of public funds.
The report famous that ex-Chairman of the Fee whose tenure of workplace led to Might 2017, allegedly cornered 4 autos (1 Toyota Hilux, 1 407 Basic Peugeot, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep and 1 Toyota Corolla), regardless of the Monetization Coverage of Authorities which states that each one autos should not be taken away.
SERAP cited that the Ministry of Overseas Affairs failed to indicate any receipts for the fee of ₦4,385,230,763 between January and December 2016. The Ministry additionally had no insurance coverage cowl for all its motor-vehicles, regardless of the budgetary allocation of ₦11,805,802 for insurance coverage premium.
The Ministry was discovered to have spent ₦105,000,000 to purchase pc consumables, photocopy machine consumables, papers and different retailer gadgets, opposite to official round, and with none receipts. The AGF really useful the return of the cash to the general public treasury.
It allegedly expended ₦72,000,030 to enhance energy provide to the Ministry however the contract for this was not captured within the 2017 appropriation. Regardless of the purported spending, energy provide to the Ministry has not improved.
₦7,520,000 was spent by 20 officers to go to Eight out-stations of the Ministry with out due course of and with none receipts. ₦234,622,718 was additionally spent however remained unretired or unaccounted for. The AGF really useful the total restoration of the funds.
It allegedly paid ₦83,719,500 to an organization for the rehabilitation and re-integration of launched Chibok ladies in August, 2017 with none settlement between the Ministry and the contractor, and with none proof of buy of the back-to-school supplies, and job completion certificates. The AGF really useful restoration.
Moreover, the Ministry allegedly transferred a take-off grant of ₦83,317,257 for Consulate-Basic of Nigeria, Guangzhou to the private account of the Ambassador of Nigeria in Rome in 2013 to be remitted to Guangzhou. However the cash was by no means remitted to Guangzhou and has remained excellent until date.
The Auditor-Basic expressed concern that the cash might have been diverted and misappropriated, and really useful that the Ambassador of Nigeria in Rome whose account was used be requested to account for the cash.
It was found that the Ministry of Justice disbursed ₦10,460,950,841 judgment debt in 2017 with out due course of. The committee to handle the funds was dissolved after 2013 monetary 12 months was not reconstituted as on the time of the 2016 and 2017 appropriations however funds had been nonetheless disbursed.
₦32,353,693 was allegedly spent between March and September 2017 on worldwide travels with out approval or proof of spending. The AGF really useful the total restoration.
On the Nationwide Meeting, the Home of Representatives spent ₦95,212,250 with out due course of and with none receipts. The Nationwide Meeting Administration Accounts additionally confirmed spending of N673,081,242 between April-October 2017 with none paperwork.
The Senate allegedly spent ₦1,364,816,397 to renovate a retailer on the Nationwide Meeting however the AGF was denied entry to the shop and information, thus expressing considerations that ‘public funds might have been diverted for unappropriated functions.’ The AGF really useful that the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting account for the sum.
The audit discovered that the Nationwide Institute for Legislative and Democratic Research misappropriated ₦67,296,478 as funds had been made to unknown individuals. The AGF really useful that the Director-Basic ought to absolutely get better the cash and return it to the treasury.
For the Public Grievance Fee (PCC), ₦63,826,941 was allegedly spent to renovate State places of work in Delta, Kwara, Akwa– Ibom, Taraba, Borno, Ekiti and Niger States with out due course of, valuation certificates, and with out receipts. The AGF stated that the cash might have been diverted and really useful the total restoration.
Federal Ministry of Water Sources allegedly spent ₦343,957,350 with out due course of, receipts, and with none proof of labor performed or companies rendered. Additionally, ₦14,993,950 granted as money advances to workers was not accounted for.
On this case, the AGF really useful that the Everlasting Secretary is made to account for it.
Decrease Benue River Basin Improvement Authority, Makurdi allegedly misappropriated ₦42,277,285 of contract cash for challenge administration.
Nationwide Agricultural Extension and Analysis Liaison Providers, Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria, allegedly paid a contractor ₦33,425,000 in March 2017 for consciousness coaching however there was no proof that the contract was executed. The AGF really useful that the Government Director get better the cash.
Cross-River Basin Improvement Authority, Calabar, allegedly overpaid a contractor to the tune of ₦10,387,490 for building of Hyperlink Highway between Cross River and Ebonyi State with none justification.
₦30,616,110 was allegedly spent for building of abrasion management works at Nguzu however remained unaccounted for. The AGF expressed considerations that the contractor might have obtained cash for challenge not executed, and really useful that the Managing Director get better the cash.
Lake Chad Analysis Institute, Maiduguri, Borno State did not account for two Nos. Toyota Prado Jeeps which had been bought in 2013 and 2014 with registration No. 45KOIFG for one Jeep however the second Jeep was not registered, and no cause was given for this.
On this, the AGF expressed considerations that the Jeeps might have been diverted to personal use, and requested the Government Director to account for them.
Nationwide Water Sources Institute, Kaduna, allegedly paid ₦84,401,940 to an organization on 4th Might 2017, being 10% fee on the development of a 2-story constructing for UNESCO with none current contract, and with out receipts. The AGF really useful restoration of the cash.
Nigeria Hydrological Providers Company, Abuja, allegedly paid ₦24,800,000 right into a workers non-public account for manufacturing/prevention of the 2016 annual flood outlook (AFO) and with out proof of companies carried out. One other ₦31,439,300 was paid in September 2016 into the account of one other workers for sensitization workshops. The AGF requested the Director-Basic to get better it.
Hadejia–Jama’are River Basin Improvement Authority, Kano State, allegedly paid ₦204,893,978 to contractors with none receipts. The Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Analysis, Benin Metropolis, Edo State paid ₦210,921,849 and ₦30,010,963 with none receipts.
One other ₦15,630,050 money advances to workers in 2017 was additionally not accounted for, as at 2018. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash might have been mismanaged and requested the Accounting Officer to get better it.
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) allegedly spent ₦393,254,000 to help safety businesses with out due course of and with out receipts. One other ₦362,481,173 was paid for the procurement of shops regionally with out due course of.
The Auditor Basic expressed considerations that the cash could also be lacking and requested the Everlasting Secretary to get better it.
Ecological Funds Workplace allegedly misappropriated ₦1,257,791,992 meant for contract for Canalization and Desilting of OKOKO and Ogbagba Rivers in Osogbo Township, Osun state.
There was no proof that ₦30,000,000 meant for compensation to house owners of marked-to-demolish buildings and financial bushes affected by the challenge, obtained any fee. The AGF requested the Everlasting Secretary to get better the fund.
Workplace of Head of Civil Service of the Federation allegedly paid ₦301,984,103 for initiatives with out accounting for it. ₦36,641,528 was additionally paid for seminars, conferences and workshops with none receipts.
It was equally, found that ₦16,096,712 was spent on initiatives not executed. The AGF desires the the Everlasting Secretary to get better it.
Federal College of Petroleum Sources, Effurun, allegedly spent ₦830,267,951 as Particular Presidential Wants Evaluation Phases I and II to the Federal College of Petroleum Sources, Warri, for the Building of Constructing, Procurement of Laboratory Tools and Capability Constructing/Employees coaching however the funds had been misapplied.
₦190,495.824 was accepted for a challenge to assemble and furnish workshop and laboratory however the contractor was paid ₦199,324,657 and with none proof of request by the contractor.
The College additionally allegedly spent ₦990,621,753 to assemble and furnish a 3-storey, 4-floor construction Pupil Residential Constructing Advanced however the contract for the spending was awarded with out due course of.
Solely a 2-storey, 3-floor constructing discovered constructed. A number of different infractions are documented within the report. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash might have been diverted and requested the Vice-Chancellor to account for it.
Nationwide Workplace for Expertise Acquisition and Promotion allegedly spent ₦2,270,000 for a 2-day workshop however with none receipts. The AGF requested the Director-Basic to get better the cash. The Nigerian Railway Company did not remit ₦122,242,337 in taxes to the authorities.
Nationwide Energy Coaching Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) allegedly paid ₦20,569,398 for provide of Energy System Simulator with out proof of provide. It gave ₦6,187,393 as money advances to 17 officers which remained unaccounted for.
Promoting Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) allegedly paid ₦3,604,000 for the companies of solicitors with out the consent of the Legal professional-Basic of the Federation.
The report uncovered that one other fee of ₦13,542,822 for the completion of machine instruments workshop was made with out contract settlement or receipts.
In whole, ₦126,533,197 was paid with out contract settlement or receipts. The AGF expressed considerations that the funds might have been misappropriated and requested the Managing-Director to get better the cash.
Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme (NHIS) allagedly paid ₦4,931,475,094 as money advances to workers with out due course of. ₦72,383,000 was additionally supposedly paid for verification train however the AGF discovered no proof that the verification happened.
One other ₦31,478,400 was purportedly paid for accreditation of Well being Upkeep Organizations (HMOs) however once more the AGF discovered no proof of this.
Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company alllagedly (NITDA) paid ₦28,525,000 to a Safety firm for the manufacturing of procurement manuals for the Company.
It was revealed how 300 copies of the guide had been produced though solely 5 copies had been wanted, with a duplicate of the guide costing ₦95,083. The company additionally paid ₦15,842,970 printer tonners.
The SERAP letter added which might be a number of different infractions documented within the report, a duplicate of which could be obtained from the Auditor-Basic’s workplace.