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How poor funding is hindering fight against corruption – Reps

– Reps call for increase in budget of Auditor General of the Federation

– Query why AGF’s budget was reduced

– Advocate for independent source of funding for AGF

The House of Representatives committee on public accounts, on Thursday, February 11, said poor funding had affected the capacity of office of the Auditor General of the Federation  to check corruption in various government agencies.

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File photo of  House of Reps members during one of their plenary sessions.

The committee chaired by Ibrahim Baba stated this when the Auditor General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura appeared before the lawmakers to defend his office’s budget.

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Babe said that with a short fall of about N300 million in the 2016 budget proposal estimates as against last year’s budget, the Auditor – General “will not be able to carry out its activities efficiently.”

The committee advocated for an independent source of funding from the federation’s account, wondering why the office of the accountant general will cut down the overhead budget meant for the auditor general’s office from N3.41 billion to N648 million without “a just reason.”

Baba said most of the work done by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) should “ordinarily be done by the office of the Auditor General.”

A break down of the 2016 budget proposal estimates as presented by the auditor general, Ukura showed that N654 million will be used for overhead, N2.5 billion will be used for recurrent and N450 million will be used for Capital. The total sum proposed is N2.9 billion.

“The over head budget has to be looked into, it would not enhance their efficiency,” a member, Wole Oke said.

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“It is our desire to strengthen the institution, that we don’t conduct business as usual, I doubt if what they have will be able to check for example, the ministry of power alone, ” Ossai Ossai, added.

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