By Ben Agande
ABUJA—House of Representatives, yesterday, threatened to order the arrest of former Senior Special Assistant to the President on Poverty Alleviation and National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, Mr. Magnus Kpakol, if he failed to appear before it to explain how N20 billion allocated to NAPEP in the last six years was utilised.

Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Olamilekan Solomon, who issued the threat in an interview in Abuja, said the threat became necessary as the former NAPEP boss had failed to respond to previous summons.

According to Olamilekan, NAPEP, under the leadership of Mr. Kpakol, received over 33 queries from the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation regarding how monies allocated to the agency was utilised, and none of the petitions got any response from NAPEP.

He said: “This is the second time that NAPEP would be invited by the House of Representatives. The agency has queries from the Auditor-General of the Federation; queries that have not been answered.

“The agency has issues with the Senate on the same matter. If an agency has an issue with Auditor-General’s query, which bothers on financial integrity, it raises several issues. What we have decided to do is to order a full enquiry into the activities of NAPEP between 2005 and 2011.

“We have also formally invited the former National Coordinator of NAPEP, Mr. Magnus Kpakol to appear before the committee. There is a moral burden on people who have had the opportunity to serve this country.”

Ministries, agencies unaudited in 8yrs

Olamilekan expressed regret that most of the 601 agencies of the Federal Government had not had their accounts audited as expected by law, pointing out that his committee would strictly follow the provisions of the laws to hold the agencies accountable.

He said agencies and ministries, such as the Ministries of Information, Women Affairs, Interior, Aviation, Finance, and the Central Bank of Nigeria, had not had their accounts audited for between five and eight years, leading to several queries from the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

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