… as It Summons Ex- NPA MD, Habib Abdullahi, Director of Finance, Accounts
A seven – day ultimatum has been given by the House of Representatives, to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) , Hadiza Bala Usman to submit to the new Board of the Authority, for approval , when it is inaugurated, the 2017 and 2018 audited reports of the organization, for eventual rendition to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
The House of Reps Committee on Public Accounts , gave the directive yesterday , when it grilled the Managing Director of the NPA and Chief Executive Officers of government agencies over their inability to render their audited accounts to the Auditor-General’s office as at an when due.
The order of the Committee came, during an investigative hearing it conducted on failure of the over 300 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs to render audited accounts to the appropriate quarters, as required of them by the laws since 2014 to date.
It had also threatened the officials concerned, to be ready to refund to the Federal Government all salaries and allowances paid to them, while in office since they had failed woefully to perform their official responsibilities.
But in her defence, the NPA boss said that the Agency had submitted its last audited accounts up to 2016 and only awaiting the Board’s approval for the 2017 and 2018 audit reports, to be submitted to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
She however said the Board of the Agency was dissolved and, while the new one would be inaugurated before the end of this week after which the report would be presented for the Board’s consideration.
However, the committee frowned at the delay in the submission of the report and the signing of previous years audit report by the agency and consequently , placed it under status enquiry for thorough investigation.
It however summoned a former Managing Director of NPA, Mr Habib Abdullahi and Director of Finance and Accounts of the agency to appear before it within seven days over their failure to audit the account of the agency for four years consecutively. Chairman of the Committee, Rep Wole Oke issued the summons during the investigative hearing
Other former and current Heads of the MDAs summoned to appear before the Committee are immediate past Director-General , Solid Mineral Development Fund (SMDF) ,Mr Mahi Shehu Ahmed and his counterpart at the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna Dr.Aminu Ladan Salihu, two former Directors of the Nigerian French Language Village, Badagry Lagos, a former Director of Finance and Account of Center for Citizenship, Mr Henry Akinbola among others.
In the case of the National Teachers’ Institute ( NTI), Kaduna, the Committee directed both its Director General and Bursar to refund all salaries and benefits collected to the federal government for their failure in their official responsibilities while the DG of the Solid Mineral Development Funds was given a seven day ultimatum to render its financial accounts to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation