From Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja
THE Auditor General of the Federation has revealed that a total sum of N785 million out of N1.1 billion worth of contract for the supply of furniture to schools in Delta State inspected and not done, but certified to have been done and paid for has been discovered.
Mr. Samuel Tyonongo Ukura, Auditor General for the Federation, who dropped this hint yesterday in Abuja when he submitted three special audit reports to the National Assembly also gave the summary of expected refunds on the activities and programmes of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the period 2008 to 2012.
Details of the expected refunds include mobilization payments to various contractors that never reported to site amounting to N70,493,993,000 million paid to contractors for projects not executed “stalled/abandoned” amounting to N5,838,768, 000 million and extra-budgetary expenditure for head/ sub-head without approval by the legal authority which was N90,461,282,695 million.
Others include N10,072,330,926 million which was tax deduction without evidence of remittance to Federal Inland Revenue Service, undeducted taxes from contractors amounting to N1,172,836,759 million and transfer to unauthorized accounts to the tune of N3,118,000,000 million, staff advances outstanding/unaccounted for at N1,730,954,931 million.
It also included the total sum of N785,000,000 million out of N1.1 billon contracts for the supply of furniture to various schools in Delta state inspected but were not done while it were certified to have done and paid for.
Earlier during the submission of the report, Mr. Ukura, had said that the National Audit Report of the Nigeria alerted that Lake Chad was drying up very fast from 25,000 sq km in 1960 to 1,500 sq km at present.
“The coordinated Environment Audit on the drying up of the Lake Chad was a performance audit exercise conducted in accordance with international best practices, the audit was carried out by Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries including, the Supreme State Audit Services of Cameroon, the Court of Auditors of Chad, the Court of Auditors of Niger and the Office of the Auditor – General for the federation of Nigeria”, he said.
Source : SunOnline