Only 10% of FG parastatals have audited reports – Senate reveals

The Senate has disclosed that only 10% of the parastatals of the
federal government have submitted their audited reports.

This was disclosed in a report of the Committee on Public Accounts on
the status of compliance of parastatals in submission of audited
accounts to the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation
brought to the floor by Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

In his comments, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,
thanked the committee for coming up with such an important report.

"We can now see that when they keep on saying that we are not making
much progress in the fight against corruption, it is because of the
fundamental issues, they are right, the foundation is still very weak.

"If we have 497 parastatals and only 47 have sent their audited
reports, I think there is a serious problem. Now, we find out that the
agencies that are even meant to supervise are part of those who have
not sent in their audit reports.

"Now, we have taken a resolution here today to say that unless the
remaining agencies do that, their budgets for 2018 is withheld.
Therefore, let us remember that when we are passing the 2018 budget,
the committees that are presenting the reports of the parastatals
should please confirm to us whether they have complied with the
auditors report.

"In the mean time, we will make sure that we also communicate to the
Secretary of the Government of the Federation to ensure that all
theses parastatals get their accounts audited and submitted.

"I thank you for this report, it will go a long way in us continue to
support the Executive in the fight against corruption," Saraki said.
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