Nigeria’s National Assembly fails to account for N9 billion – Audit Report

The National Assembly
The National Assembly

The National Assembly management failed to account for a total expenditure of over N9.4 billion in 2014, the latest audit report has revealed.

The money included N9.39 billion for which no “documentary evidence” was provided and a N47 million to be returned to government coffers out of which only N360,000 was returned; giving a total of N9,440,844,572 (nine billion, four hundred and forty million, eight hundred and four thousand, five hundred and seventy two Naira).

The audit report of government bodies (2009-2014) was submitted to the Clerk to the National Assembly in March 2016 as statutorily provided. The full contents were recently publicly disclosed by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation on its website.

The report indicted several government bodies of illegal and profligate spending, and failing to remit over N3 trillion into government’s treasury.

Apart from the National Assembly, other key bodies indicted include the state oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Interior, the Presidency, Central Bank of Nigeria and some foreign missions.

According to the report, between January and December, 2014 under the leadership of David Mark as Senate President and Salisu Maikasuwa as the Clerk, the Management Department of the National Assembly Commission transferred N9,392,995,515.00 (Nine billion, three hundred and ninety-two million, nine hundred and ninety-five thousand, five hundred and fifteen naira) from the general services account to other accounts in different banks.

The purposes stated for the transfer include Senate General Services, Appropriation, Constitutional Review, House of Representatives Services, UNDP Projects and Research Office Services.

However, “no expenditure returns or documentary evidence were rendered to account for how these sums were expended,” the report said, raising question of accountability and legality.

In another case, the report disclosed that the National Assembly management remitted only N360,000, out of a N47 million balance of total personnel vote release and actual expenditure for 2014.

“It was further observed that the total Personnel Vote release for the year 2014 was N1,856,510,517.00 (One billion, eight hundred and fifty-six million, five hundred and ten thousand, five hundred and seventeen naira), and the Actual Expenditure for the same period was N1,808,661,460.18 (One billion, eight hundred and eight million, six hundred and sixty-one thousand, four hundred and sixty naira, eighteen kobo), resulting in a balance of N47,849,057.00 (Forty-seven million, eight hundred and forty-nine thousand, fifty-seven naira).

“However, only an amount of N360,115.08 (Three hundred and sixty thousand, one hundred and fifteen naira, eight kobo) was paid back to treasury at the end of the year.”

No Denial

In May – after the audit report had been submitted to the National Assembly, the Senate Committee on Public Accounts led by Andy Uba (PDP-Anambra) held a public hearing during which a number of government bodies refuted certain findings of the audit report, particularly the disclosure that they didn’t submit their internal audit reports between 2009 and 2014.

Some of the bodies that challenged aspects of the report were CBN, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and Nigeria Pension Commission.

However, the National Assembly has not denied the findings of the audit report as they related to the lawmaking body – though its committee castigated the then Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Ukara, for an “unsatisfactory report”, cashing in on complaints by other government bodies.

The law says the National Assembly should refer the audit report to its committee on Public Accounts for consideration.

After considering the report, the committee is empowered to pass a resolution to either publish the report in the National Assembly journal or government’s official gazette.

Since the committee considered the report, it has not passed the resolution for its publication in either channel.

Efforts to reach Mr. Uba for comments were not fruitful. He did not pick calls to his phone or reply to text message.

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  • CrimesWatchers

    Is this not the point of SPECIAL INVESTIGATION REPORT THAT PREMIUM TIMES did since
    last December – which the EFCC has not yet acted upon – detailing the name and surname
    of each National Assembly Director, officer and Clerk who engaged in moneylaundering in
    all of the relevant period? The question is why are National Assembly Directors in 2014
    not yet arrested by EFCC or by ICPC till today? That is where the real corruption lies.

    • Dafe

      Can you post the link to that Premium Times special report, i beg. Maybe i did not see it when it was published.

    • Abah of Ipolo

      Why do people clamour for EFFC and ICPC jobs? The gains from under-the-table plea bargains! You can’t prosecute he from whom you have somehow shared the loot.

  • Wetin Naija

    The time of stealing is gone. Thank you Mr. President Buhari. Government officials, civil servants and NASS criminals stealing and corrupt activities are gone. All the culprits will be exposed and prosecuted.

    • john

      This is the reason national assembly refused to join the TSA.

  • Ashibogu

    National Assemby members are all rogues except proven innocent.

  • bigbang

    The exchange rate was about 125N to a dollar. That is about 75 million dollars wow.

  • Fadama

    Bunch of thieves

  • Shahokaya

    If anybody was expecting a report on the audit findings he is wasting his time, after all 2014 was the year when Mark, Ekweremadu ,Tambuwal and Jonathan were preparing for reelection champaings .

    • Abah of Ipolo

      Bros relax! This will be a litmus test for Buhari’s anti-corruption fight. The looters should NEVER be allowed to escape the hook of the law.

    • Braun

      Jonathan was not in the national assembly. Try harder.

      • Shahokaya

        Sorry, didn’t mean to go past your intellectual ability with my comment. It was a reference to 2014 when the than president , fortunato the buffoon , said bribery is not corruption.

        • Braun

          Listen, you daft punk! Read my comment again, toilet washer. Then come back and write something sensible. Buhaha ass wiper.

          • Shahokaya

            You are now moving into a category of a RETARD. Did you go to any school? Do you have any education? Here is a free lesson. Jonathan , the buffoon was the president when those thieves looted the National Assembly and he did not rise a finger.

          • Braun

            Lol. You’re nowhere near me intellectually. Listen, child, go back to sucking your limp dick. And while you’re at it, gag even harder till you pass out. Good bye.

          • Shahokaya

            Yeah,, I bet you tell your kids exactly what they want to hear, no matter how deluded they are. There-in lies the problem with a drankard like you.

          • Braun

            I said bye bye. English is not yet extinct.

  • joelaw

    Until the citizens rise in an organized relentless fashion against these children of belial, there will be no end to the stealing. Actually many seek public offices to steal in Nigeria, only a tiny fraction seek it for the common good. I doubt if any assembly or senate personality will ever vote in favor drop in salary, they must be forced, and i hope they will.

    • Awofolaju P.

      @disqus_mmM0CaVW1C:disqus

      MUHAMADU BUHARI does not have the intellectual knowledge or a moral ability to fight corruption.
      Buhari merely entertains the country with outlandish figures of amounts he says have been stolen.
      Otherwise, Buhari does not know how to move from suspicion into provable case of corrupt theft.
      Because he doesn’t know that first step he’s not been able to bring any corrupt person to justice.

  • Audu Al-amin

    When they were stealing this money all the religion,tribes Were all involved andnever shouted their differences to one another but when it comes to what will benefit the masses they will bring religion and region into it, and supporters of their loots will cry foul or call it witch-hunt what a pity.

  • Otile

    Recession is part of the change Nigeria must go through under Buhari. May Allah provide Northern people with longer recession, Amin.

    • uzegba

      Amin, and Amin.

  • SAM .A

    I have said it repeatedly on this forum that Nigerians have been electing pen robbers whether APC or PDP to both Houses .It is like you leave junk of meet in open kitchen , u can’t find it , and u call the rat in the house to account for it .It is already in the rat’s belly . All of them in the house are our National Rats , they are even less valueable than rats. It is time for refra dum to close down one of the houses and the other one left to be onPART TIME.That will be the end of their stealing .

  • absam777

    When is David Mark and Ekweremadu going to jail? Until this happen, no change in Nigeria.

  • Rommel

    2014 was when yam eaters were everywhere,people that even ate Buhari’s O’level certificate not to talk of Naira

    • kinsly

      Gbam!

  • I just hate this so called legislooters!..why on earth did pack the two houses full of kleptomaniac!…what a country!.

    • holy cow

      THE ANSWER LIES WITH HOLY COW BURATAI

  • #nigeriankleptomaniacs who deserve barbeech.

    • vagabonds in power

      Nigerians are wondering why Buhari has refused to act on the evidence based corruption charges against his Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. And with Sahara Reporters Expo on the current Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Nigerians are perplexed that President Buhari is still silent and not saying anything. But what do Nigerians expect from someone who told the world that General Sanni Abacha stole no money belonging to the country in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary? What makes Nigerians believe that if evidence did not matter in General Abacha’s case, why should it matter in General Buratai’s case? Why should evidence matter in General Dambazau’s case? Did Nigerians forget so soon how Buhari allowed retired Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako who stole the commonwealth of Adamawa State dry not to be detained? Are they surprised that the case has since receded into the background? But for someone under whose nose $2,8 billion disappeared when he was Petroleum Minister in 1978, this ought not to be too strange. For someone who fails to account for the 100 Billion naira Petroleum Trust Fund that he presided over under the same Abacha, this should not be strange. For someone who led Nigerians in a lie that he did not have a house in Abuja when the contrary is true, why should this be news? Sadly the same Buhari who could not hold the likes of Amaechi and his Fulanis brothers accountable for their theft of our crude oil resources is busy killing Ijaws in the creeks of the Niger delta—————Freedom is our goal———not this one-sided war against the Ijaw Nation——-Over 99.9 percent of those in the gulag of Buhari–are all Ijaws—Those on trial from Orubebe——- Dudafa——Roberts and his wife—–Igali—Arogbofa–among many other ijaws like Akpos beaten to a state of coma—-Just name it they are all Ijaws———being chased left– right centre by the Buhari gestapo–in DSS ati EFCC–freedom is our goal-regardless——–

      • bala

        You will understand we are no more under military regime in Nigeria, Buhari can not just do anything automatically as used to occur under a military set up. Now I realised reason why Nigerians say no change as promised by APC government, people should realise that firstly we are under democratic civilian goernment and due process in execution of law have to be followed in everything. So give the situation time and watch out as events unfold itself then you can say if change exists. Afterall we have institutions like Police, EFCC, ICPC,DSS,etc existing on ground to deal with situations as they occur or unfolds it is not Buhari that has to investigate or prosecute cases. Please give me a break we in USA< UK, EU, and other parts of the world are eagerly watching as we do during the activity and election of Nigeria old regimes.

  • GOLDENRULE

    NIGERIA FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION: 2015/2016 ACADEMIC SESSION. COURSE TITLE: Introduction to APC Government COURSE CODE: APC 101 TIME ALLOWED: 45 Mins INSTRUCTION: Attempt All Questions 1. Discuss the probability of APC blaming GEJ over the next 3years for the (i.) Dollar increase. (ii.)Fuel Price increase (iii.) Power Failure (iv.) Unemployment (v. )Fulani Herdsmen Killings 2. If APC = All Promises Cancelled, where PMB is a constant, discuss the speed at which: ( i.) N5k promise is cancelled (ii.) Feeding of school pupil is cancelled (iii.) NYSC allowance is reduced iv. Fuel pump prices are increased 3. Define the term, ”Budget padding”. 4. Mention 3 types of APC propaganda you know, and how they can be used in 21st century politics. 5. Mention 5 IDP you know that feeds with N14000 everyday. 6. Mention the next 3 countries PMB will travel to and the disgrace he will receive. 7. If PMB is silent when herdsmen kill people and buys jet fighter when Biafra is mentioned, what is the probability that PMB is not a terrorist? 8. Write short notes on these mad phrases; (i). masquerade dressing, (ii.) importation of grass (iii). fantastically corrupt. 9. If x is change and y is lies/ propaganda, solve the equation, 2x + 5y = ? 10. If you used to be corrupt, but now fantastically corrupt, explain the effect of gravitational force on you. 11. with a labeled diagram, describe the famous losses ever witnessed in recent time: (i)– loss of budget. (II)– loss of WAEC certificate. (iii)- loss of the moon. (iv)- ear disorder. 12. If President Buhari @ 73yrs received his 1953 secondary school certificate, with relevant logic, explain how old PMB was when he finished secondary school considering the fact that from 1953-2016 is 63 years. 13. Write a short Essay on why Hajiya Aisha Buhari “visited” USA but did not go to say ‘Hi’ to Mrs. Mitchell Obama. Your Time Starts Now!! GOOD LUCK!!!) By GoldenRule———————-

  • vagabonds in power

    Nigerians are wondering why Buhari has refused to act on the evidence based corruption charges against his Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. And with Sahara Reporters Expo on the current Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Nigerians are perplexed that President Buhari is still silent and not saying anything. But what do Nigerians expect from someone who told the world that General Sanni Abacha stole no money belonging to the country in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary? What makes Nigerians believe that if evidence did not matter in General Abacha’s case, why should it matter in General Buratai’s case? Why should evidence matter in General Dambazau’s case? Did Nigerians forget so soon how Buhari allowed retired Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako who stole the commonwealth of Adamawa State dry not to be detained? Are they surprised that the case has since receded into the background? But for someone under whose nose $2,8 billion disappeared when he was Petroleum Minister in 1978, this ought not to be too strange. For someone who fails to account for the 100 Billion naira Petroleum Trust Fund that he presided over under the same Abacha, this should not be strange. For someone who led Nigerians in a lie that he did not have a house in Abuja when the contrary is true, why should this be news? Sadly the same Buhari who could not hold the likes of Amaechi and his Fulanis brothers accountable for their theft of our crude oil resources is busy killing Ijaws in the creeks of the Niger delta—————Freedom is our goal———not this one-sided war against the Ijaw Nation——-Over 99.9 percent of those in the gulag of Buhari–are all Ijaws—Those on trial from Orubebe——- Dudafa——Roberts and his wife—–Igali—Arogbofa–among many other ijaws like Akpos beaten to a state of coma—-Just name it they are all Ijaws———being chased left– right centre by the Buhari gestapo–in DSS ati EFCC–freedom is our goal-regardless——–………….

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    America wonder, DORO JONATAN’S government na government magic.Just wasted resources and public funds. DORO BANDITS, sitting busy doing nothing but sharing the national cake, shameless rouges..

  • justin lar

    Has what you just said changed the fact that 9 billion naira has not been accounted for? that’s how you fail exams. there is no nexus between what are you saying and the fact that 9 billion naira cannot be accounted for. why don’t you throw away sentiments and merge issues logically instead of muddling them up to serve your perceptions and mindset