The acting General of the Federation, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, has been tasked to less focus on smaller agencies but instead focus on the financial transactions of big spenders in Nigeria.
The Senate who tasked the AuGF, asked Aghughu to beam it searchlight on big revenue generation agencies like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Nigerian Ports Authority, and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Authority among others.
The Chairman, Senate Public Affairs Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, while commenting on the 2021 budget of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, advised the AuGF to certify complete and broad auditing of the big agencies.
Urhoghide said, “You claim that you are auditing the account of the federation and you won’t touch the accounts of the NNPC, NPA, and NIMASA among others.
“You will remove all the big spenders from your watch list but you will focus on smaller agencies. That is what has been happening from 2015 till date.
“We don’t want to be seeing these smaller agencies of government that you are focusing on because they can’t settle well. We are tired of seeing audit queries involving municipal councils leaving behind the big agencies.”
The SPAC Chairman also assured that his committee would carry out further works on what the AuGF was doing regarding the Bureau of Public Procurement.
He said, “We are doing status enquiries on the Bureau of Public Procurement based on the Auditor General report.
“We want to expand the scope. We want to look at their revenue and expenditure profile. We will look at the budget, particularly the Internally Generated Revenue.
“We want to see everything they have been collecting and how they’re spending it.
“We have asked the secretariat to write to them and invite them. The indictment of the Auditor General is correct. They could not even defend the queries issued against them by the Auditor General,” he added.