Nigeria Senate has alleged that the Presidency and Ministries and Parastatals were in violation of the provisions of constitution and extant laws by not submitting their audited reports to the office of the Auditor General for the Federation (AGF). The allegation was made by the chairman, Senate Committee on Public Account, Senator Mathew Urhogide, while briefing journalists in Abuja. He said that the violation had been going on over the past ten years. Infuriated by the ugly development, he posited that the office of the AGF was designed to fail by government through insufficient funding of the agency. Urhoride also lamented how agencies of government would stay for fifteen years without having their account audited, saying that funds released were supposed to be checked and audited.
“The office of the AGF was supposed to be up and doing in checking the accounts of the government agencies in order to prevent corruption in the system. “We must be able to check accounts of all the government agencies. Every penny we spend in this country must be account for,” he said. The lawmaker said no MDA would be entitled to budget if their accounts was not audited as stipulated by law, while calling for the strengthening of the AGF to function effectively, regretting that it was only in Nigeria that things were done without respect to the law. He also requested for the nominal role of the agency, pointing out that corruption was rising in the country because the AGF had not been doing well, and called on the executive to rise up to its responsibility and address the challenges of insufficient appropriation being faced by the agency.
While stressing that the office needed everything to be revived to enable it take charge of its responsibilities, the lawmaker said that everything had to be checked in the office so that the country could get value for money. “We need to activate the office to achieve maximum result; I appeal to the executive, and in fact, Mr. President to ensure that the auditor general was equipped to fight corruption and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The campaign was supposed to start from the AGF office and not EFCC”, he said.