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Senate summons AuGF over unaudited Immigration’s account

The Senate Committee on Finance has summoned the Auditor General for the Federation, Mr Adolphus Aghughu, to appear before it next week Tuesday.

The AuGF is expected to explain to the panel reasons his office had not given guidelines for the auditing of the accounts of the Nigeria Immigration Service since 2017 despite repeated letters from the NIS requesting the guidelines.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Solomon Adeola, gave the directive when the Controller General of Immigration, Mr Mohammed Babandede, appeared before the panel on Thursday.

The committee is currently investigating the alleged poor remittances of internally generated revenues and the one per cent Stamp Duty on all contracts by the ministries, agencies and departments of the Federal Government into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

The Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Mr Victor Muruako, had told the committee that his agency had not received the audited accounts of NIS since 2017.

He said the action was contrary to the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 among other infractions.

In his response, Babandede stated that there had been no guidelines from Auditor General’s Office despite repeated official requests from the NIS.

He added that the Minister of Interior had, however, launched a probe into the unaudited accounts of the NIS.

The Immigration boss further disclosed that the revenue-generating operations of the agency were under a public-private partnership arrangement.

Babandede said he inherited a sharing formula agreement that could be readily renegotiated or cancelled in the foreseeable future.

Adeola, therefore, directed the Immigration boss to furnish the committee with a comprehensive account of its revenue and the sharing in specific terms as well as details of the partners in the PPP deal.

He said, “There is the need to seriously interrogate the PPP arrangement and its duration as it seems to be an unending denial of needed revenue for Nigeria.

“A situation where partners collect 70 per cent, leaving Immigration and Federal Government to share 30 per cent over an unending period of time, is looking more like a ‘pickpocket partnership’ arrangement for Nigeria that should be remedied.”

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