By EBUN SESSOU

The era of Ministries,Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Lagos State spending budgetary allocations without proper monitoring may have gone for good as measures are being put in place to verify all the claims of government parastatals in the state.

Justifying the on-going consideration exercise of the year 2011 Auditor-General’s Report, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Bolaji Yusuf Ayinla, said that it is meant to ensure that all MDAs can defend all their expenditures.

According to him, “the exercise is a regular one, after the Auditor-General’s office must have done their work on the MDAs, they send the Auditor-General’s report to members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who will then do their oversight function on the report, even for those indicted and those who were not indicted.

”What we look at is to make sure tax payers’ money is spent the way it should be spent, most especially the ones that affect the budget. Have they actually spent it judiciously on what it is being budgeted for, we want to know,” he added.

Ayinla noted that he started with the 2010 Auditor-General’s report and that it was discovered that some ministries did not do what they ought to do, most especially in terms of storage, where they have to record whatever purchase they made.

He explained that his committee implements the resolution of the House, adding that it is the committee’s duty to let the MDAs know that somebody is watching them to ensure that they are being careful with what they do.

“Accountability would be ensured because you know that whatever you do, somebody is watching over you on how you spend the tax payers’ money everyday. We gave the ministries time to do corrections on what they have done on the resolution of the House after the Auditor-General’s reports of 2011; we will get reports from the ministries.

“We will send our reports to the Lagos State House of Assembly, and the resolutions of the House must be carried out, and there is punishment for non-compliance,” he said.

He emphasized that the punishment for defaulters would be determined by the members of the House of Assembly and the Speaker.

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