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Reps invite CG Prisons, Perm Sec over non-remittance of VAT, accounts retirement

By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee, PAC, has summoned the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Ja’ Afaru Ahmed, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, to appear before it this Friday for of failure of their staff to retire accounts several years after.

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They are also to explain non-remittance of deducted Value Added Tax, VAT, to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

Chairman of the committee, Kingsley Chinda, Obio/Akpor, Fed Constituency, Rivers State, who gave the order after a session with the officers and their staff, warned that although the House was not after any public servant, PAC would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that every appropriated fund expended was properly accounted for.

Ahmed is also expected to produce the latest assets register of the NPS and all store received vouchers for Owerri, Bauchi and Kuje prisons.

He is also expected to produce four officers, who could not retire advanced payments amounting to N6.6 million made to them since December 30, 2011.

The officers include Oluwamiyyo E.O, SP; Olarenwaju Amusan, ASP II Gbenga.

These were part of the queries raised by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation,OAGF, against the NPS between 2010 and 2013.

Chinda warned that the committee would not condone the practice whereby public servants handled government funds without probity and accountability.

Also, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Adesugba, is expected to answer queries bordering on the failure of the ministry to remit deductions of 10 percent VAT to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.


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