…Says not much has changed in terms of transparency in MDAs
The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives on Monday said that its investigations had made recoverable of stolen public funds in cash and assets to the tune of N1,967,146,030.72 and $3,125 from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies MDAs and have referred the matter to relevant anti-corruption agencies of government for prompt action.
It further said that all machineries are now in place to launch the Committee’s website and electronic query platform for easy reach to most of these MDAs they oversight constitutionally.
Chairman of the Committee Hon. Kingsley Chinda and other members of the Committee made the disclosure to newsmen at the House Press Corps National Assembly in Abuja.
The lawmakers said that the House Committee of the 8th National Assembly has raised the standard in carrying out its constitutional duties of oversight of MDAs and had made recoverables of some public funds stolen by public officials that run into trillion of naira and billions of dollars.
He further hinted that in 2012, N1.1bn was recovered by the Committee from corrupt public officials in addition to 1 Peugeot 504 car, i Barret pistol and huge number of live ammunitions.
According to the the lawmaker a total of 552 MDAs were querried by the Committee and 512 queries were issued to public officials from the report of the Auditor-General of the Federation to the Committee.
He added that the Committee had conducted 1566 sittings on the report of the Auditor-General of the Federation to the Committee and added that all the meetings were life streaming.
While fielding questions from journalists on whether the Committee had compromised in the course of the assignment, he said that there is absolute transparency in the Committee and that all the sittings were conducted in the public glare.