Reps Fault DG Budget Over Funding Of Auditor General Office


The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts yesterday faulted the director-general of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze over an alleged the funding of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and the processes of preparing the budget, saying that the process adopted by the budget office was flawed.

The committee also faulted the response of Dr Akabueze to a letter inviting him to come and explain the deliberate underfunding of the auditor general’s office, describing the wording of the letter as combative and resolved to refer the letter to the speaker for onward transmission to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

The committee later resolved to investigate the claims of Dr Akabueze of a $36.1 million loan and a grant of $1.5 million available to the Auditor General’s office for their use as well as whether the money form part of budgetary allocation to the agency.

when it was received and who collected the money.

Addressing the lawmakers, Akabueze insisted that his office should not
be held responsible for underfunding any agency of government, adding
that neither the Budget Office nor the Minister of Finance has the
final say on the budget.

While admitting under-funding the oAUFG, the DG said all government
agencies are being underfunded as a result of inadequate resources
available to government, but was quick to add that outside the normal
allocation, the Auditor General also receive funding from development
partners for its activities.

However, this disclosure opened an avenue for an argument between the
committee and the Auditor General office on one side and Akabueze on
the other, with the DG insisting that the fund was available for the
use of the Auditor General.

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