Irked by massive financial improprieties and irregularities in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies indicated by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation (OAuGF), President Muhammadu Buhari has been charged to quit lamentation and fast-track prosecution of corruption cases.
The charge was made by citizens who participated in an anti-corruption radio program, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE produced by the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG.
In continuation of a discussion that started a week ago, titled: Auditor General’s Reports: MDAs Neck Deep In Irregularities, Fraud, Listeners who called on phone to the program, called on President Buhari and Nigerians to make concerted effort towards ending massive corruption in the country.
It will be recalled that the recently published 2017 Auditor General’s report indicted several MDAs ranging from spending monies without approval and failure to remit generated revenue. However, MDA’s non-remittance of generated revenues to the CRF gulped N20.68bn according to 2017 Federal Government audit report, including several other financial infractions.
Also, University of Abuja failed to remit – N603 million, BPE – N7.5 billion, University of Uyo – N635 million, the list goes on.
Co-convener of the program Okhiria Agbonsuremi decried lack of consequential action by the government on such indicting reports, emphasizing that it was worrying that despite the humongous sums mismanaged by these agencies, no known punishment was instituted against the perpetrators.
The infractions contained in the Federal Audit report was first broken by newspapers including the Cable that harped on the indictment of the Nigerian Law School.
Many participating callers wondered why the Nigeria Police, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will wait to be reminded to go after officials indicted for fraud.
“All the reports are available, all Police, EFCC, ICPC need to do is to take up the report as soon as Auditor General releases its report, 2013, 2014 till 2017 are all there,” Agbonsuremi stressed.
The syndicated radio program is produced by PRIMORG with the support from the MacArthur Foundation.
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