By Adebisi Onanuga
Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Legal professional Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and applicable anti-corruption companies to research allegations of lacking N300 billion public funds.
The organisation mentioned the funds documented within the 2017 audited report by the Auditor Common of the Federation (AGF) have been both mismanaged, diverted or stolen.
SERAP gave authorities 14 days inside which to order Malami and the anticorruption companies to promptly examine “ the extent and patterns of widespread and endemic corruption within the ministries, departments and companies (MDAs) indicted within the audited report. We urge you to take significant and efficient measures to scrub up an apparently entrenched system of corruption in these MDAs.
“We request that you simply take the really useful motion inside 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, failing which SERAP will institute authorized proceedings to compel your authorities to behave within the public curiosity.”
The letter was copied to Malami; Chairman Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC),Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye; Appearing Chairman, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.
Within the letter dated July 4, 2020 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the group mentioned the 2017 audited report reveals grim allegations of mismanagement, diversion and stealing of public funds, in addition to unaccounted-for spending.
It mentioned the report suggests a grave violation of the general public belief, and that the indicted MDAs and the Nationwide Meeting lack efficient and credible inner processes to forestall and fight corruption.
In line with SERAP, “Investigating and prosecuting the alleged grand corruption documented by the AGF would enhance the probabilities of success of your authorities’s oft-repeated dedication to battle corruption and finish the impunity of perpetrators. It is going to enhance the integrity of MDAs, serve the general public curiosity, in addition to enhance Nigerians’ entry to public providers and items.
“Any failure to promptly examine the allegations and prosecute suspected perpetrators would breach Nigeria’s anti-corruption laws, together with the Public Procurement Act, the 1999 Nigerian Structure (as amended) and the nation’s obligations together with below the UN Conference towards Corruption and the Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a state social gathering.”
The letter, learn partially: “It will additionally imply that Nigeria is failing to fulfil the obligations below the covenant to make use of its “most of obtainable sources” to progressively notice and obtain fundamental financial and social rights, together with entry of Nigerians to public providers and items like high quality training, healthcare, clear water and common electrical energy provide, in addition to the proper to trustworthy public providers.”
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The group claimed to have rigorously analysed the 2017 audited report by the AGF and our evaluation reveals the next grim allegations of mismanagement, diversion and stealing of public funds, in addition to unaccounted-for spending.
It alleged as an example: “The Federal Civil Service Fee spent ₦25,856,279.00 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 undertaking was suspended, the Fee went forward and paid ₦25,856,279.00 for contract not executed. The AGF really useful the total restoration of the general public funds.
“The Fee granted money advances totalling ₦8,590,000.00 to 25 officers between February and December, 2016 however didn’t retire or account for the cash. Additionally, ₦6,850,000.00 was paid for retailer objects that have been by no means equipped. One other ₦2,619,210.00 was spent with out receipts. The AGF expressed concern that the cash could have been misappropriated or stolen, and really useful the total restoration of public funds
“The previous Chairman of the Fee whose tenure of workplace resulted in Might 2017 took away with him 4 automobiles (One Toyota Hilux, one 407 Basic Peugeot, One Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep and One Toyota Corolla) belonging to the Fee, regardless of the Monetization Coverage of Authorities clearly stating that every one automobiles of MDAs belong to the pool, and aren’t anticipated to be taken away as a part of severance package deal on the expiration of an officer’s appointment.
“The Ministry of Overseas Affairs failed to point out any receipts for the cost of ₦4,385,230,763.25 between January and December 2016. The Ministry additionally had no insurance coverage cowl for all its motor-vehicles, regardless of the budgetary allocation of ₦11,805,802.00 for insurance coverage premium. The Ministry spent ₦105,000,000.00 to purchase laptop consumables, photocopy machine consumables, papers and different retailer objects, opposite to official round, and with none receipts. The AGF really useful the return of the cash to the general public treasury.
“The Ministry additionally spent ₦72,000,030.00 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. Additionally, ₦7,520,000.00 was spent by 20 officers to go to Eight out-stations of the Ministry with out due course of and with none receipts. ₦234,622,718.00 was additionally spent however remained unretired or unaccounted for. The AGF really useful the total restoration of public funds.
“The Ministry additionally paid ₦83,719,500.00 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 the total restoration of public funds.
“The Ministry additionally transferred a take-off grant of ₦83,317,257.00 for Consulate-Common 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 AGF expressed concern that the cash could 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.
“The Ministry of Justice disbursed ₦10,460,950,841.00 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 have been nonetheless disbursed. Additionally, ₦32,353,693.00 was spent between March and September 2017 on worldwide travels with out approval or proof of spending. The AGF really useful the total restoration of public funds.”
“On the Nationwide Meeting, the Home of Representatives spent ₦95,212,250.00 with out due course of and with none receipts. The Nationwide Meeting Administration Accounts additionally confirmed spending of N673,081,242.14 between April–October 2017 with none paperwork. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could have been misappropriated and really useful that the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting ought to totally recuperate the cash and return it to the treasury.”
“The Senate additionally spent ₦1,364,816,397.95 to renovate a retailer on the Nationwide Meeting however the AGF was denied entry to the shop and data, thus expressing considerations that ‘public funds could have been diverted for unappropriated functions.’ The AGF really useful that the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting account for the cash.”
“The Federal Ministry of Water Sources spent ₦343,957,350.60 with out due course of, receipts, and with none proof of labor performed or providers rendered. Additionally, ₦14,993,950.00 granted as money advances to workers was not accounted for. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could also be lacking and really useful that the Everlasting Secretary is made to account for it.
“The Decrease Benue River Basin Improvement Authority, Makurdi misappropriated ₦42,277,285.50 of contract cash for undertaking administration. Equally, the Nationwide Agricultural Extension and Analysis Liaison Companies, Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria paid a contractor ₦33,425,000.00 in March 2017 for consciousness coaching however there was no proof that the contract was executed. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could have been diverted and really useful that the Govt Director ought to recuperate and return it to the treasury.
“The Cross-River Basin Improvement Authority, Calabar, overpaid a contractor to the tune of ₦10,387,490.00 for development of Hyperlink Street between Cross River and Ebonyi State with none justification. Additionally, ₦30,616,110.00 was spent for development of abrasion management works at Nguzu however remained unaccounted for. The AGF expressed considerations that the contractor could have acquired cash for undertaking not executed, and really useful that the Managing Director ought to recuperate the cash and return it to the treasury.”
“The Lake Chad Analysis Institute, Maiduguri, Borno State didn’t account for two Nos. Toyota Prado Jeeps which have 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. The AGF expressed considerations that the Jeeps could have been diverted to non-public use, and requested the Govt Director to account for the automobiles.”
“The Federal Capital Territory Administration spent ₦393,254,000.00 to assist safety companies with out due course of and with out receipts. One other ₦362,481,173.52 was paid for the procurement of shops regionally with out due course of. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could also be lacking and requested the Everlasting Secretary to recuperate it.”
“The Ecological Funds Workplace misappropriated ₦1,257,791,992.86 meant for contract for Canalization and Desilting of OKOKO and Ogbagba Rivers in Osogbo Township, Osun state. There was no proof that ₦30,000,000.00 meant for compensation to homeowners of marked-to-demolish constructions and financial bushes affected by the undertaking, acquired any cost. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could also be lacking and requested the Everlasting Secretary to recuperate it.”
“The Workplace of The Head of The Civil Service of The Federation paid ₦301,984,103.00 for tasks with out accounting for it. ₦36,641,528.00 was additionally paid for seminars, conferences and workshops with none receipts. Additionally, ₦16,096,712.00 was spent on tasks not executed. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could have been diverted and requested the Everlasting Secretary to recuperate it.”
“The Federal College of Petroleum Sources, Effurun spent ₦830,267,951.23 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 Gear and Capability Constructing/Workers coaching however the funds have been misapplied. ₦190,495.824.75 was authorised for a undertaking to assemble and furnish workshop and laboratory however the contractor was paid ₦199,324,657.10 and with none proof of request by the contractor.”
“The College additionally spent ₦990,621,753.29 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. Additionally, solely a 2-storey, 3-floor constructing was constructed. A number of different infractions are documented within the report. The AGF expressed considerations that the cash could have been diverted and requested the Vice-Chancellor to account for it.”
“The Nationwide Workplace for Expertise Acquisition and Promotion spent ₦2,270,000.00 for a 2-day workshop however with none receipts. The AGF requested the Director-Common to recuperate the cash. The Nigerian Railway Company didn’t remit ₦122,242,337.63 in taxes to the authorities. The Nationwide Energy Coaching Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) paid ₦20,569,398.20 for provide of Energy System Simulator with out proof of provide. It gave ₦6,187,393.50 as money advances to 17 officers which remained unaccounted for.”
“The Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme paid ₦4,931,475,094.63 as money advances to workers with out due course of. ₦72,383,000.00 was additionally supposedly paid for verification train however the AGF discovered no proof that the verification befell. One other ₦31,478,400.00 was purportedly paid for accreditation of Well being Upkeep Organizations (HMOs) however once more the AGF discovered no proof of this.”
“The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company paid ₦28,525,000.00 to a Safety firm for the manufacturing of procurement manuals for the Company. 300 copies of the guide have been produced though solely 5 copies have been wanted and utilized, with a replica of the guide costing ₦95,083.33. The company additionally paid ₦15,842,970.00 printer tonners.”