Reps clear NIPOST of N132m miss­ing fund

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) has cleared the Nige­ria Postal Ser­vice (NIPOST) of two queries in­volv­ing N132 mil­lion un­ac­counted be­tween 2009 and 2010.

The queries were raised by the of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion in its re­port for the year ended 2010.

The queries com­prised of N106.069 mil­lion deb­its in cash-book, but not in­cluded in NIPOST’s bank de­tails as well as an­other N26.736m bank cred­its but not con­tained in cash-book.

Act­ing on the queries, the com­mit­tee chaired by Kings­ley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) con­sti­tuted a sub­com­mit­tee in Novem­ber, 2016 to ex­am­ine the queries.

The sub­com­mit­tee, headed by Ab­du­rah­man Shuaibu (APC, Adamawa), in its re­port said all the is­sues were cleared through its find­ings, and that NIPOST should be ex­on­er­ated in the queries.

The sub­com­mit­tee said it verified all rel­e­vant doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the queries and con­firmed that both NIPOST’s cash­book and ac­counts have been ad­justed to re­flect the amount.

The com­mit­tee there­fore adopted the re­port of the sub­com­mit­tee. How­ever, the law­mak­ers fixed Septem­ber 22 for NIPOST to re-ap­pear be­fore it to re­spond to other queries raised.

Mean­while, the com­mit­tee also in­sisted that the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the min­istry of Niger Delta (yet to be ap­pointed), must ap­pear be­fore it on Septem­ber 22 to re­spond to some queries.

The de­ci­sion was taken af­ter the com­mit­tee re­jected the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the min­istry, who is also the di­rec­tor of fi­nance, Moses Okpo, over­see­ing the du­ties of the permsec.

Mem­bers of the panel had asked if the di­rec­tor could take de­ci­sions of a permsec, but Mr Okpo said he had lim­its as crit­i­cal de­ci­sions were usu­ally re­ferred to the min­is­ter. They there­fore asked him to leave and re­turn on the ap­pointed date with the permsec.

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