Demands rationalization from Accountant General inside 7 days
By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, known as Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, On Wednesday, accused The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, over alleged fee of N173 billion into varied authorities accounts inside 4 months.
The allegation was contained in a letter signed by its Legal Officer, HEDA, Rebecca David, the place it alleged that the OAGF paid the mentioned sum of cash with out particulars.
According to the HEDA the OAGF want to inform Nigerians what the cash was meant for and the place it was paid and provides particulars, and in addition added that with out correct and clear rationalization the HEDA will take authorized motion in opposition to the OAGF.
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It defined that the demand from the AGF as a result of he’s charged with the duty for the nation’s treasury inside a mandate of 4 years as appointed by the President according to the structure, which in keeping with the 1988 beneath the Civil Services reorganized Decree 43, a part of the duty is for clear funds and receipts.
The letter reads partially, “One of the cardinal rules of accountability is that funds made by the OAGF into any authorities account should give particulars of what the funds are meant for. This is the most effective world apply adopted by many nations who’re dedicated to the struggle in opposition to corruption.
“On May 29 this year, a media concern, Dataphyte, published a report titled, “₦173 Billion Payments Without Description Defeats Nigeria’s Open Government Initiative” indicating the failure of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to correctly describe fee made to contractors and authorities companies.
“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) may have bent financial rules by making a total payment of N173 billion into various government accounts without details of what the funds were meant for.”
Meanwhile, the group additionally disclosed that according to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011, HEDA Resource Centre in collaboration with Dataphyte demanded that the Accountant General of the Federation inside seven days present particulars on how the funds had been disbursed from January to April 2020.
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“The Accountant-General of the Federation is the executive head of the treasury, often appointed by the president for a interval of 4 years according to the Nigerian structure. The workplace was created in 1988 beneath the Civil Services reorganization Decree 43. The OAGF is accountable for the administration of funds and receipts and mandated by legislation to make sure a clear accounting system.
“The Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) in partnership with a knowledge advocacy organisation, Dataphyte asks the AcGF to inside seven days furnish the organizations with full data and disclosure on what the funds lodged between January and April 2020 had been meant for.
“The OAGF is to explain to Nigerians how and why such a huge sum was paid into different ministries and parastatals without a proper schedule on what the funds were meant for. Unless the OAGF complies, the prospect of a legal prosecution by HEDA may be imminent”, it added.