The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Tuesday 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 the inability to audit the account of the agency for four consecutively years.
Chairman of the Committee Representative Wole Oke gave the ruling at 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 to date.
Other former and current Heads of the MDAs summoned to appear before the Committee are immediate past Director-General DG Solid Mineral Development Fund SMDF, Mahi Shehu Ahmed, and his counterpart at the National Teachers Institute Kaduna Dr. Aminu Ladan Salihu, two former Director Federal of the Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry, Lagos, a former Director of Finance and Account of Center for Citizenship, Henry Akinbola and Leadership Training Abuja and other officers of the agency.
The Committee interrogated the Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman and Chief Executive Officers CEOs of the MDAs over their inability to render their audited accounts to the Auditor-General’s office as at and when due and threatened the officials concerned to be ready to refund to the Federal Government all salaries and allowances paid to them while in office since they had failed woefully to perform their official responsibilities.
However, the NPA boss said the Agency had submitted its last audited accounts up to 2016 and was 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 stated that the Agency’s Board was dissolved and a new board would be inaugurated before the end of the 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 enquiry for thorough investigation
The Committee also gave the NPA boss a seven-day ultimatum to submit the audited accounts of the Agency to the new Board upon inuaguration for approval and submitted to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
And for the National Teachers’ Institute , NTI, Kaduna, the Committee directed its Director General and Bursar to refund all salaries and benefits collected to the federal government for their failure in their official responsibilities while the DG of the Solid Mineral Development Funds was given a seven day ultimatum to render its financial accounts to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.