Documents for request, approval of N2.2bn in Ministry of Justice missing
Members of Senate Public Accounts Committee were surprised on Tuesday as the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice, Mrs B.E Jeddy said that the documents pertaining to request and approval letters for collection of N2.2 billion Service Wide Vote is missing
The Committee Chaired by Senator Mathew Urhoghide had last month mandated the Ministry of Justice to submit documents relating to the approval of N2.2 billion from Service Wide Vote between 2017-2021.
But, appearing before the lawnmakers on Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary said the Fiance and Account Department in Ministry checked everywhere an the documents could not be seen lamenting that it is quite unfortunate.
She told the lawnmakers that it certain the request was made by the Ministry before the money can be released.
The Permanent Secretary said, ” they have checked the relevant documents, they can’t find it. It is quite unfortunate.
” The Departments of Fiance and Account is responsible. I can assure that this request was made .
” We could not find any document probably as a result of record keeping, they could not find the request and approval letters.”
Disturbed by the submission of the Permanent Secretary, the Chairman said that the Committee is yet to see any letter of request and approval and this will only mean extra budgetary spending..
He said, ” Who gave the approval, we have not seen any letter of approval/request. It only means extra-budgetary spending .
” I think we are magnamus enough in this Committee, what this means is inept, it is not nice that you can not find the approval and request letters. The recommendations of the Committee will not be nice.”
The Committee therefore ordered the Ministry to provide the documents by Thursday next week, December 1, 2022.