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The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday, summoned the Acting Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mrs. Adesola Taiwo.

Her summon is in connection with the operation of the Agency’s budgets from 2018 to 2021 without approval of the National Assembly.

Consequently, the Committee chaired by Oluwole Busayo Oke (PDP, Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency) is to commence an immediate probe into the strange discovery. He directed the Clerk of the Committee to write a formal letter to the Clerks of the House and National Assembly respectively.

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The letter is to demand evidence of conveyance for the Agency’s Annual Budget in the years under review from the Presidency to National Assembly. He vowed to uncover the circumstance(s) surrounding the operation of unapproved budgets by the Agency contrary to constitutional provisions.

Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) which empowers the President to convey the annual budgets of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government to the National Assembly every fiscal year for approval.

The Committee which made the discovery on Wednesday, while grilling the management of ITF, expressed displeasure over the absence of the Agency’s Acting DG who was represented by its Director of Finance and Administration, Yusuf Abdulmajid.

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Describing it as unacceptable, it further directed the Acting DG to report physically next Tuesday, along with the Directors of Human Resources, Finance, and Procurement, as well as a proof of her leave.

In addition, the Osun lawmaker directed that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) should also present the reports of its budget performance from January 2020 to date, records of donations, grants and other interventions, detailed breakdown of amount disbursed and comprehensive list of beneficiaries.

According to a submission by the agency to the committee, in 2018 it got:

N37,592,730,753 – 2018
N43,133,753,661 –2019
N43,468,030,400 – 2020
N43,947,801,437 – 2021 

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