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Senate queries Accountant-General over N57.6bn grants

Senate plenary
Senate plenary

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has queried the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, over failure to disclose beneficiaries of N57.6bn Federal Government grants and contributions for 2017.

The panel is probing the financial books of government agencies, based on the report of the Auditor-General for the Federation.

The committee, citing a 2017 report of the Auditor-General, said the government had in 2017 released N57.6bn as grants to state governments, private and public owned firms and contributions to international organizations.

“In his response, the Accountant-General stated that the list of beneficiaries of grants and contributions in the period under audit would be made available on Monday 18th March, 2019 but no list or details was received as at the time of this report.

“The Accountant-General is required to disclose the budget and beneficiaries of grants and contributions for the year 2017.”

The representative of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Segun Fehintola, however failed to present any documents before the committee showing the beneficiaries of the N57.6bn two years after he had promised to make it available.

He promised that the details would be made available at the next sitting of the committee this week.