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The House of Representatives on Tuesday, gave five ministers, their permanent secretaries, heads of finance and procurement; a seven-day ultimatum to appear before it or be sanctioned in line with laws of the land.

The Public Accounts Committee of the House, issued the seven-day ultimatum following complaints about some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). the continued refusal of

The Ministries for Interior as well as Communication and Digital Economy are among those who are said to have continuously dishonoured queries issued by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation. The list also includes the Ministries for Works and Housing, Health, as well as Environment.

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Chairman of the Committee, Oluwole Oke (Osun, PDP) in handing down the order at its resumed sitting, directed that Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola should appear along with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as the Head of the Federal Fire Service are also expected to join him.

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He further mandated the Committee Clerk to immediately dispatch notice of summons to the affected Ministries; copying the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Federation as well as the Chief of Staff to the President are also to be copied respectively.

According to him “today makes the fifth time the Ministry of Works and Housing will be asking for another extension of time on the audit query raised against it over the years, for how long shall we continue like this? Mr. President honoured some people with Public appointments but to pay him back, they will not be alive to their responsibilities, this is very unfortunate

We are only asking them to make appearance before the Committee to clarify issues on financial infractions raised by the office of the Auditor General of the federation, nothing more,” he explained.

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A representative of the Accountant General of the Federation’s Office, Sylva Okorieaboh, also pleaded with the committee to allow them more time to put documents together.

“The letter we got was not detailed enough to prepare us for today’s sitting. However we are aware that there’s good likelihood that substantial amount of Federal Government funds might still be lying with commercial banks despite the presidential directive of 7th August 2015, and the circulars and efforts made to compel the commercial banks to comply with those directives,” he explained.

The TSA guideline we issued in 2015, on page 14 states that all collection must swept to their individual federation account at CBB on daily basis. The use of intermediary accounts is not allowed, so right from day one this is what we have always tried to enforce.

So if any bank or MDAs is not doing this that’s clearly an infraction and the work of this committee will help us unravel anything of such,” the director added.

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