The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly has uncovered how the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF), paid N28 billion excess from the 2015 budget to some unnamed government agencies.
The Senate Committee on Public Account, who made this discovery relied on the 2016 Auditor-General Report to uncover the excess payment.
In its written response obtained, the Budget Office said, “the details of the MDAs under reference have not been provided to enable us to respond appropriately.”
It was noted that the query was issued to Budget Office four years ago.
The officials of the Budget Office, have, however, failed to attend the meeting scheduled by the Committee on Public Account led by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, to respond to the query raised by the Auditor General.
The query reads: “The sum of N28,880,533,107.00 (Twenty-eight billion, eight hundred and eighty million, five hundred and thirty-three thousand, one hundred and seven naira) was paid to some MDAs as advance payment from their approved budgets in 2015.
“There was no evidence to show that these advances were recovered from the subsequent payments made to these MDAs, resulting in excess releases to the benefiting MDAs, above their appropriated amounts. Furthermore, there was no evidence of any supplementary budgetary allocation from the National Assembly.
“The Director-General was requested to recover these advances from the benefiting MDAs from subsequent payments due to them and show evidence of supplementary approval from the National Assembly for the sum of N28,880,533,107.00 released as advances. Evidence of compliance should be furnished for verification.”