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MDAs must respond to queries raised on 2015 audited report of OAUGF-Senate

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts says Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) must appear before it, to answer queries raised in the audited reports by the Office of Auditor-General for the Federation(OAUGF).

Sen. Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo), Chairman of the Committee said this, when officials of some MDAs appeared before the committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Urhoghide said the MDAs were invited to answer queries raised on public finance spending in the 2015 audited reports of the OAUGF.

He said the report raised some queries on the spending activities of the MDAs, hence their invitation.

He said many of the agencies were yet to respond to the letter inviting them to respond to the queries.

Urhoghide said the committee would give fair hearing to the MDAs to defend their queries as indicated in the report.

He said it was the responsibility of the committee to ensure that MDAs give account of their expenditure, noting that the committee’s report on its interface with the MDAs would be presented to senate at plenary for onward transmission to the executive.

Urhoghids said heads of MDAs must appear in persons to respond to the queries, noting that there were serious consequences for breaching financial regulations.

He, however, said the committee after consideration of the 2015 audited report would also consider the 2016, 2017, 2018 audited reports of the OAGF.

Urhoghide, who later adjourned the meeting for the heads of MDAs to appear on Feb. 14, due to the demise of Sen. Longjan, urged the media not to be sensational in its reports on the discoveries in the report when the MDAs appear to give response.

Officials of MDAs who appeared before the committee included those of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, National Pension Commission  and Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Others were the Nigerian Customs Service, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, among others.

Agencies not present at the meeting included Federal Inland Revenue Services, Debt Management Office  and Office of The Head of Service of the Federation among others.

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