House of Reps summons auditor-general over NNPC fuel subsidy payment documents

House of Reps summons auditor-general over NNPC fuel subsidy payment documents

By Femi Ogunshola, Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives has summoned the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF) to appear before it on Aug. 30, for explanations on fuel subsidy payments between 2013 and 2022.

 

The lawmakers also want the auditor-general to provide documentary evidence on the audit carried out on the monies spent on fuel subsidy by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ltd.

 

Rep. Ibrahim Aliyu, the Chairman of the Special Ad hoc Committee investigating the fuel subsidy, issued the notice in Abuja on Thursday.

 

Aliyu summoned the AGF during the scrutiny of documents submitted by the representative of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGoF), Mr Okolieaboh Sylvia.

 

The AGoF was represented by the Director of Federation Accounts, Mr Mohammed Saleh.

 

The lawmakers also directed the Office of the AGoF to provide relevant details on the financial transactions on the fuel subsidy for the period under review.

 

In its bid to ensure fair hearing, the committee said that it was also expecting the AGoF to appear before it on Sept. 8 with relevant documents.

 

The committee underscored the need for AGoF to have an independent monitoring mechanism to verify the veracity of the transactions.

 

The committee also expressed the need for the Office of the AGoF to ensure due diligence by verifying the transaction documents submitted by all government agencies, in line with its functions as spelt out in the Act.

 

The summons and requests were because Rep. Mark Gbillah (PDP-Benue). after thoroughly scrutinising the NNPC documents, identified some discrepancies in the amount computed in the documents.

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