OrderPaperToday – The Senate has said that it would probe the report of the Auditor General of the Federation which alleged public funds embezzlement and extra budgetary expenditure amounting to trillions of naira.
Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs Sen. Aliyu Sabi told newsmen in Abuja that the allegations contained in the report of the AGF were not indictments and that is why the senate would investigate their veracity.
Recall that the AGF Samuel Ukura had on Monday presented the 2014 annual audit report to the Clerk to the National Assembly, which alleged that about N3.2 trillion due for the Federation Account was not remitted by the NNPC.
The report also alleged that some other revenue generating Ministries, Department and Agencies also spent monies without approval and that about N10 billion was expended by the National Assembly illegally.
Sabi said: “Without holding forth for the past assemblies. I want to say that it is not as if they have not been doing anything about the past Audit Reports.
“But perhaps they have not taken their action up to the scale that would have made a huge impact that people want to see. If that is what the Auditor – General means, I agree with him.
“The Auditor – General is raising a query, it is not an indictment. So when he raises his queries, the essence of the Public Accounts Committee is to invite those parties involved in the query.
“And through the instruments of their own work, investigate all the issues by seeking for clarification and at the end of the day.
“Where they have infractions, or infringement on certain procedures, they mete out appropriate sanctions as stipulated by extant rules and regulations,” he said.