OrderPaperToday – The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has disclosed that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) was yet to remit the sum of N5.1 billion into the federal government coffers arising from revenue its generated between 2016 to 2019.
This was at the resumed hearing organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government on the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) on Wednesday in Abuja.
However, in a defence, Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, requested for time to allow his agency go back and cross check their records.
According to him, the FRSC is a law-abiding agency and would hurriedly do a reconciliation should the need arise.
Chairman of the House Committee, Mr. James Faleke (APC, Lagos) however, questioned what he termed unnecessary expenditure embarked upon by the road safety agency.
Recall that the FRC had also accused the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) of revenue non-remittance to the tune of billions of naira.
A member of the Committee, Mr. Sada Soli (APC, Katsina) queried FRSC for spending N152 million on postages between 2019 and 2020.
According to him, “in this era of cutting cost you spent N50 million in 2019 for postages and courier services; in 2020 you spent another N102 million. One will wonder the kind of services that you do that will consume such an amount.”
Mr. Soli further requested explanation on a N70 million budgetary provision for acquisition of software, saying “N70 million was also budgeted for acquisition of software when we are trying to cut cost of agencies. What kind of software are we using that will cost such an amount. Sad enough, most agencies that we oversight seems to have this particular item captured in their budget but when we overnight those agencies, yet we do not see these things.”
In his response, Mr. Oyeyemi said the FRSC spends over a N100 million yearly on services rendered by Galaxy Backbone for its 24 applications.