By Tordue Salem
ABUJAâ€” A House of Representativesâ€™ investigation has revealed that the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has not audited its account since 1983.
The Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Uche Ekwunife, in an exclusive interview withÂ Vanguard, made the disclosure, which she described as stunning.
Ekwunife, who represents Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency of Anambra State, said her committee in the course of looking at the expenditures of several agencies spanning several years, discovered that WAECâ€™s case was the most dismal.
â€œFrom the records of the parastatals and ministries we have been reviewing their accounts for some time now, especially, the ones that came before the Public Accounts Committee with their audited accounts which we reviewed we found out that even up till now WAEC has been unable to audit its account since 1983.
â€œAn agency of government not auditing their accounts since 1983 is shocking. That means they have not been able to kind of go through their records for those years. It means they have not been able to account for all the monies that were appropriated to them since 1983,â€ the lawmaker stated.
The lawmaker said â€œUpon the blunder, WAEC was still coming to the National Assembly for Appropriations, when they have not been accountable to the people.â€
She, however, pledged on behalf of the committee, that â€œall the monies found to be missing at the Council, would be recovered and lodged into the Federation Account.â€