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Senate Summons Auditor-General Over Unaudited NIS’ Accounts

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The Senate Committee on Finance has summoned the auditor-general of the federation (AuGF), Mr Aghughu Arhotomhenia, to appear before it next week Tuesday, to explain reasons it had not given guidelines for the auditing of the accounts of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) since 2017 despite repeated letters from the NIS to provide the guidelines.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola gave the directive when the controller-general of immigration, Mr. Mohammed Babandede, appeared before the committee’s investigative hearing on the remittances of internally generated revenue (IGR) and 1 per cent stamp duty on all contracts by MDAs into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

A statement from Adeola signed by his spokesman, Chief Kayode Odunaro, yesterday, revealed that in the course of the investigative hearing, the chairman of FRC, Barrister Victor Muruako, had disclosed to the committee that his agency had not received the audited accounts of NIS since 2017 contrary to the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007, among other infractions.

In his response, NIS CG, Babandede, stated that there have been no guidelines from auditor-general’s office despite repeated official requests from the NIS, adding that the unaudited accounts over the years had just been launched by the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The statement added that the NIS boss further disclosed that the revenue generating operations of the agency was under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement that he inherited with a sharing formula agreement that cannot be readily renegotiated or cancelled in the foreseeable future, leaving the agency to remit only about 20 per cent of revenue generated to the federal government.

Consequently, Senator Adeola directed the Immigration boss to furnish the committee with a comprehensive account of its revenue and the sharing in specific terms as well as details of the partners in the PPP deal as the committee intends to interact with the partners in the presence of the NIS.

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