Subsidy: AGF’s Conflicting Figures, Documents Stall Reps Probe

Subsidy: AGF’s Conflicting Figures, Documents Stall Reps Probe

By Paul Effiong, Abuja

The House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee investigating oil subsidies regime from 2013 to 2022 had to postponed the probe yesterday because of conflicting documents in words and figures presented to it by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

The Committee chaired by Hon. Ibrahim Aliyu had summoned the Auditor General,AoGF to appear before his Committee to explain how much the country is receiving and remitting into the federation account within the period under review.

But a representatives of the Accountant General of the Federation during the hearing, Mohammed Murtala Saleh, a director of Federation Account in the office had explained that they only collect figures on how much his office remit to the federation account from the NNPC.

A mild drama ensued during the occasion when one of the Committee members raised questions concerning the actual amount remitted into the federation account on June 2017.

The documents presented to the committee according a sources claimed N83billion while another sources from the same organization stated N73billion.

Miffed with the development, the chairman appealed to other members to fix another day, where the Accountant General of the Federation will either present himself or his representatives who is knowledgeable enough to study documents they have presented, to enable them answer questions that may arise.

Some members of the committee had earlier expressed regret about the representatives of the Accountant General present during the hearing alleging that they are not competent to response to most of their questions.

The lawmakers further observed that there were several inconsistencies in the documents presented to them wondering why the establishment charged with the responsibility of remitting funds should be lukewarm in such sensitive responsibilities to the country.

Also speaking during the event was Hon. Ibrahim Ishaku, he told the panel that there are many questions he would have love to ask if not for the incompetency of the Accountant General representatives, whom he alleged are not grounded and equip on matter before them.

It was observed during interrogation that the representatives of the Accountant General, could not explain reasons for variation in expenditure between may 2021 as presented in their documents to the committee.

Consequently, the Committee was forced to summoned the Auditor General of the Federation, AoGF, Adolphus Aghughu to appear before it and explained with facts and figure how much Nigeria is receiving and remitting into the Federation Account on monthly basis.

It would be recalled that the same committee had also summoned the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed to appear in person as her representatives were not knowlegable enough on matter before it.

Responding, the representatives of the Accountant General of the Federation, claimed that they only get information respecting the document presented from the NNPC.

The Committee having observed inconsistency in words and figures advised the AGF to go home and rearrange itself to come back and tell Nigerians the actual truth.

Members of the Committee thereafter took turns to blame the AGF for not puting their figures together despite enough time given to them to do so.

Lawmakers agreed in general that the matter on ground has to do with the economic situation of the country.

They Committee finally concluded with a Summon to the Auditor General of the Federation Adolphus Aghughu to appear before it unfailingly on 8th Sept 2022.


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