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Thursday, February 02, 2023

Hotseat! FMoCDE unable to account for N13.9bn, four months after - ITREALMS

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The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) is on the hotseat at the National Assembly and precisely at the Senate chambers, today, over the unaccounted N13.9billion it collected from service wide votes from 2017 to 2021, reports ITREALMS.
The Senate, ITREALMS recalled had through its committee on Public Accounts on Tuesday gave the Ministry, 48 hours ultimatum to account for N13.9billion it collected from service wide votes from 2017 to 2021, which expired today.

According to reports reaching ITREALMS newsroom, the ultimatum was given by the committee to the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry, Dr William Alo, following his inability to tender documentary evidence on how the N13.9billion was expended by the Ministry during the period under review.

Additionally, ITREALMS gathered that trouble came the way of the Ministry when the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South) and other members requested details of expenditure made from the collected service wide votes from the Permanent Secretary.


The PS, along with Director of Finance and Administration from the ministry could not respond promptly and thus, incurred the wrath of the panel for begging for more time for the documentary evidence after blabbering for several minutes.

Initially, the committee Chairman reportedly rejected such a plea, saying it would not be granted after four months of enquiry on how the said fund was expended by the Ministry.

He also said that based on records made available to the committee from the office of Accountant General of the Federation, a total of N13.9billion was disbursed to the Ministry from the Service Wide votes for special capital projects execution from 2017 to 2021.

The committee however granted the embattled permanent secretary another re - appearance before it on Thursday, today despite claims by PS that N7billion out of the N13.9billion was expended on Galaxy Backbone, an agency under the ministry.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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