The House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Accounts was told on Monday that 14 years after its closure, some workers of the Nigeria Mining Corporation were still receiving salaries from government.
Consequently, the chairman of the committee, Mr Oluwole Oke, directed that the Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; and Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alexander Okoh, to appear before the committee.
Adegbite and Okoh are to appear before the committee to explain why workers of an agency that had been closed down since 2006 were still drawing salaries from the public funds.
The Assistant General Manager, Finance, Nigeria Mining Corporation, Mr Dauda Gambo, had told the committee that the corporation was closed for privatisation in collaboration with the BPE.
Similarly, the committee also discovered that about 24 former workers of the Lagos International Trade Fair, who were sacked when the facility was concessioned but were absolved by the parent ministry, were still collecting salaries from the organisation.
The committee also placed all the River Basin Development Authorities on status enquiry, saying the House was set to get to the root of their failure to present their audited accounts to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
The committee placed status of enquiry on the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority, Cross River Basin Development Authority, Sokoto River Basin Development Authority, Lake Chad Basin Development Authority, Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, and the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority during their appearances on Monday.
Also placed on status enquiry was the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, while the representative of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control was turned back.
The committee also threatened to issue warrants of arrests against heads of ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government that failed to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts.
The committee had summoned the MDAs to answer questions on why they failed to submit their audited account to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
Oke issued the threats at an investigative hearing in Abuja on Monday, alleging that such agencies had something to hide.
Oke particularly ordered the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority, Mr Tonye David-West, to appear before the committee on Tuesday (today) or risk arrest.