Reps summon four ministers over unaudited account

The House of Representatives has summoned four cabinet Ministers to appear before its House Committee on Public Account to answer questions on why agencies under them should not be sanctioned for violating extant laws on submission of audited accounts to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

The Ministers summoned by the House Committee are Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki.

Senator Saraki is to appear alongside the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry over the refusal of the Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Administration (NIMASA) to appear before the Committee to explain why it has failed to submit the audited report since 2014 to the Auditor General.

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The Committee Chairman Mr Oluwole Oke said the Management of NIMASA has refused to make an appearance before the Committee, while also frowning at the failure of the Federal Inland Revenue Service to submit up to date audited accounts to the appropriate quarters.

The Minister of Agriculture on his part is to appear along aside all agencies in the Ministry to explain the delay in constituting boards for the agencies which many them said was responsible for the non-submission of their audited accounts.

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Mr Oke, scowled at the refusal of the agencies to abide by the provisions of the law, saying it was not acceptable that for eight years, the Nigeria Institute for International Affairs failed to submit its audited account as required by law.

The agency, according to the Office of the Auditor-General last submitted its audited accounts in 2010, a situation, the committee chairman said was very embarrassing.

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The Director-General of the Inter-Country for Oral Health on its part last told the Committee that it could not submit its audited report because of the absence of a board to approve the audited reports since the last one was submitted in 2006.

Mr Oke warned the management of NIMASA led by a former member of the House, Dakuku Peterside to stop undermining the House, saying this will be the last time the House will be inviting them to appear, a failure which, the Committee will be forced to recommend appropriate sanction against them.

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