Reps Accuses Auditor General of Reckless Spending

Ibrahim Shehu FRCN

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has accused the office of the Auditor General of the Federation of reckless spending of the approved budgetary allocation for 2019 to 2021.

The lawmakers made the accusation during an oversight visit to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation headquarters in Abuja.

The Chairman of the House Committee Mr. Oluwole Oke, picked holes in the financial reports submitted to the committee, which were without vouchers and other supporting documents.

According to him, the National Assembly is committed to reducing reckless spending of approved budgetary allocation by government agencies.

Mr. Oke said the committee is also committed to the welfare of the auditors to perform their constitutional duties effectively.

The committee gave the office of the Attorney general a 7-day ultimatum to submit documentary evidence of all expenditures for the three years under review.

Responding, the Auditor General for the Federation Mr. Adolphus Aghu, urged the National Assembly to provide legislation for independent auditors for the office of the Auditor General for the Federation.

Mr. Aghu said the independent auditing was to ensure more transparency and accountability in the management of public finances and governance in the country.

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