Reps call for urgent probe of DG, Budget Office over alleged missing fund

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BY EMMAN OVUAKPORIE & LEVINUS NWABUGHIOGU

ABUJA — Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Solomon Olamilekan, yesterday, called for urgent investigation of the Director-General, Budget Office, Dr. Bright Okogu, between 2004 and 2012 over ‘missing’ of funds in the Service Wide Vote Account.

Olamilekan said the Office of the DG had in its recent dealings with some agencies of the Federal Government, recorded irregular financial figures which, according to him, threw up some suspicions.
Sensing controversy, Olamilekan, who said he was in possession of a document which stated that the Presidential Committee had been given some N865 million, asked the team to go back, reconcile with its documents and reappear before House Committee on March 3, 2014.

The lawmaker spoke on the heels of a hearing between his Committee and the office of the Chairman, Presidential Committee on the Rehabilitation of Barracks, Mrs. Binta Mua’zu.
Mua’zu and her team were summoned by the committee to defend the N865 million released to it by the Budget Office, but surprisingly, the chairman declined, saying at no time did her committee collect money from the Budget Office to do its work.

Speaking further to journalists on his observation of the activities of the Budget Office, Olamilekan decried the inconsistencies that had characterized the office.
He said that on different occasions, the Budget Office had claimed to have released certain amount of money to two governments agencies, only for the agencies to eventually receive less of what the DG claimed to have disbursed.

According to him, the DG claimed to have released N7.1 billion to National Hajj Commission, NHC, from the Service Wide Vote Account only for the commission to later prove to the House Committee that what it got was N2.089 billion.

 

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