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Senate panel uncovers N145m PIB media consultancy fee deal, orders refund

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Senate panel uncovers N145m PIB media consultancy fee deal, orders refund

**Permanent Secretary lauds staff being a blessing to the ministry

Senate Committee on Public Accounts has uncovered a deal whereby a management staff in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources allegedly paid himself N145 million as media campaign fund to garner support for the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB).
The allegation was contained in the 2015 report of the Auditor General of the Federation (AuGoF) submitted to the panel, chaired by Senator Mathew Urhoghide.

The query read: “The total sum of N145 million was approved by the Ministerial Tender Board (MTB) and paid to management staff for electronic billboard advertisement, television jingles and newspapers publication for the campaign awareness of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

“However, instead of the contract being awarded to competent and technically experienced companies through open competitive bidding in order to ensure transparency and accountability, he clandestinely held onto the contract for himself.
“Invoices and receipts of payment from the purported companies and agencies, whose services were engaged in the execution of the programme, were not tendered for audit.”

Once the communication was made bare, Senator Urhoghide asked a representative of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Godwin Akubo, to respond to the allegation.

Consequently, he stated: “Director of Press has wealth of experience.

“His key role or involvement bridged the gap between the ministry and media houses based on public relations.

“He helped to fast-track and reached out to the target audience in good time. Therefore, his service was a blessing to the ministry.”

When invoices and receipts for the expenditure were demanded, Akubo could not make any available.

Piqued by the development, the committee chairman sustained the query and ordered immediate refund of the lump sum to the federation account.






















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Nasarawa Assembly orders revocation of contract by SUBEB

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Nasarawa Assembly orders revocation of contract by SUBEB

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has directed the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB to revoke the contract for the construction of two blocks of classroom and office at LGEA Primary School Sabon Gida, Kokona LGA over shoddy job.

The contract which is been handled by a contractor, Five and Seven Furniture. according to the house, has no competence to deliver the contract

The Chairman,House Committee on Education Science and Technology Hon. Daniel Ogazi gave the directive when the contractor and other defaulting contractors along side the management of SUBEB appeared before the committee in Lafia on Monday.

Hon. Ogazi noted that the inspection visit by the committee to the sites of the ongoing SUBEB school projects across the state is born out of the need to address incompetency and poor contractual performance.

The Chairman disclosed that right from the foundation, five and Seven Furniture has shown its inability to deliver quality job, hence the need for the revocation.

He warned all contractors handling SUBEB projects in the state to adhere strictly to their contract specifications as the committee will not spare anyone found wanting.

Responding, the SUBEB chairman Mohammed Musa Danazumi commenced the committee noting that the inspection by the assembly is helping greatly as most of the contractors are beginning to sit up tight

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NNPC Spends whooping N966 billion for pipeline repairs

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NNPC Spends whooping N966 billion for pipeline repairs

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said it spent a whooping N966 billion for repairs of pipeline between 2010 to 2015.

This was coming in response to a query by Senate Committee on Public Account chaired by Senator Mathew Uhroghide over alleged unremitted N4 trillion by the corporation into the federation account.

The Committee relied on the 2016 report of Auditor General of the Federation which accused the NNPC of non-remmittance of N4 trillion into the Federation Account.

The Query stated “It was observed upon scrutiny of NNPC report to the Technical Sub- Committee of Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting held in December 2016 that a cumulative total of N4,076,548,336,749.75 remained unremitted to the Federation Account by NNPC as at 31st December 2016.

“The total revenue unremitted as at 1st January 2016 (see the table above) from amounts payable into the Federation Account by NNPC was ₦3,878,955,039,855.73 was.

“The sum of N1,198,138,355,860.30 was due in revenue to the Federation Account out of the total generated in 2016, however, NNPC paid the sum of N1,000,545,058,966.20
resulting in an amount withheld of N197,593,296,894.02. This brought the total amount withheld by NNPC from the Federation Account as at 31 December 2016.”

But, NNPC in a written response to the Committee claimed that the unremitted N4 trillion was arrived at without taking cognizance of the subsidy and pipeline repairs and management associated with domestic crude oil transaction.

It said, ” subsidy approved and certified by PPRA from 2010-2015 stood at the N4 trillion. Also in 2016 OMS under recovery stood at the N28.6 billion which brings the total unrecognized subsidy /PMS under recovery to N4 trillion.

“Aside the above, pipeline repairs and products losses so incurred stood at N966 billion for the same period.”

The NNPC is expected to appear before the Senate Committee this week to give clarification on the issue raised in the Auditor General report over non – remittance of N4 trillion into federation account.

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Senate uncorvers misappropraition of N2b meant for Federation Account by Ministry of Solid Mineral

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Senate uncorvers misappropraition of N2b meant for Federation Account
by Ministry of Solid Mineral

The Senate Committee on Public accounts has uncovered non remittance of N2 billion into Federation account by Ministry of Solid Minerals.
The said amount was meant to be remitted into the federation account but was diverted to private pockets.

The panel upon scrutiny of FAAC records discovered that the amount was not paid into the federation account as required by law in 2015, it therefore issued a querry for the ministry appear before it to explain

The query reads, “During examination of FAAC records, we observed that a cumulative total of N9,923,015,028.00 Solid Minerals revenue collected in 2015 was not paid into the Federation Account in the year ended 31st December 2016.

“We noted that the Ministry reported the same total revenue figure for years 2014, 2015 and 2016. From records presented for audit, it was also noted that the sum of N2,838,351,664.97 was collected as solid mineral revenue from January to December, 2016 but this amount was not paid into the Federation Account for distribution in 2016 contrary to section 162 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel has been
requested to explain why the Ministry failed to pay the revenues collected into the Federation Account as required by the constitution.”

The Ministry however failed to respond to the query of the Auditor general on the issue of non-remittance of N2 billion Into the Federation Account.

The Committee however resolved to also summon the officials of the Ministry to explain why the Ministry declined to remit the said amount into federation account.
No response was received at the time of this report.

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