One FG Agency Spent N1billion On Welfare – Ahmed Lawan Blows Hot
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The Senate President Ahmed Lawan has revealed that an unnamed federal government agency spent N1 billion on welfare.
Mr Lawan disclosed this while commenting on complaints by the Senate’s Public Accounts Committee regarding recalcitrant federal agencies refused to appear before it to defend queries raised by the auditor general of the federation in a 2015 report.
Mr Lawan, explaining the rot in federal agencies, said, “From my experience as chairman of the public accounts committee in this Senate, most of the agencies of government do not adhere to the established accounting mechanisms that will ensure accountability and transparency sent to them by the office of the accountant general.
“We should go ahead and check the accounting systems established in most of these agencies. In my experience, there was an agency of government in 2005 or 2006 that spent N1 billion on what they called welfare.”
The senate president admitted that “there is no system to stop this kind of thing.”
Encouraging the legislators not to give up in carrying out their oversight function regarding the agencies, Mr Lawan said, “So, we should go ahead, especially the major agencies, and look at the systems they follow so that we stop people from doing the wrong things before we start to look for a remedy.”
Mr Lawan urged the senators not to allow the recalcitrance of the agencies to stop them from holding the executive arm of government to account.