CSJ raises concerns on revenue generation, remittance by MDAs

The Centre for Social Justice, a non-governmental organization (NGO) has expressed concern over the failure in generation and remittance of by the Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs).

The Centre observed that 16 generating agencies did not remit N19,025,384,100.29 to the CRF with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) leading the list in agencies with unremitted to the tune of ₦7,585,116,400.00.

According to the Lead Director, CENSOJ, Mr Eze Onyekpere, while briefing journalists recently on Infractions in the 2017 Audit report in Abuja explained that 160 agencies did not submit their audited accounts for 2016; 265 agencies failed to submit their audited accounts for 2017.

He further explained 11 agencies have never submitted any financial statements since they were established adding that the implication of the foregoing is that the incidence of defaults instead of decreasing is on the increase.

On irregularities in payment/expenditure, Eze observed that payments totaling ₦26,604,515,374.55 was made with a total of 140 infractions identified in the payments made by MDAs.

He said the sum of N8,608,588,928.68 was expended in 25 infractions without presenting payment vouchers to justify the payments made in the transactions.

“Also, a total of 10 MDAs embarked on International Travels and Trainings without requisite approval from the appropriate authorities, expending the sum of N2,660,420,450.05 on International Travels despite strict restriction placed on it.

“Furthermore, the sum of N2,789,475,927.84 was expended without providing supporting documents to the Payment Vouchers in 22 infractions in the MDAs. 

He however, recommended that the Minister of Finance should ensure that all MDAs are fully on the GIFMIS platform and that no payment is made without passing through the platform. 

He also said the use of manual Payment Vouchers should be abolished adding that appropriate sanctions should be applied to all involved in instances of payments being made without the expected supporting documents and/or approvals.

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