OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly will probe an alleged missing N4.4bn by the federal parliament, as contained in three reports by Auditor General of the Federation.
The Senate Spokesman, Ajibola Basiru, made this assurance in a statement on Sunday.
Recall that the Deputy Director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Kolawole Oluwadare on 30th of January called for a probe of funds reportedly unaccounted for by the National Assembly.
He gave the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, 14 days to address the matter.
Oluwadare noted that if the matter is left unaddressed, it could undermine public confidence in the ability of the National Assembly to exercise its constitutional and oversight responsibilities in ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.
Responding on behalf of the red chamber, Basiru noted that the alleged missing N4.4bn occurred during the 8th National Assembly, and not in the 9th National Assembly.
He said: “This clarification is important as the wordings of the petition are capable of misleading the general public that SERAP is talking about the present National Assembly.
“It is not about any malfeasance by the current assembly and its leadership as it is presently constituted, far from it”.
As a result, he advised SERAP to write a petition to the Committee on Public Account of both federal chambers for necessary action, adding that the matter will be looked into.
The Senator said: “The proper channels to send the petitions is the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Public Account if the real motive is genuinely to investigate the alleged corruption.”