Audit Report: Reps Committee summons Minister of Science and Tech, Perm Sec

Chimezie Godfrey

The Public Account (PAC) of the Federal House of Representatives has summoned the appearance of the Minister of science and technology and the permanent secretary before the parliament on Tuesday next week over  non of audited accounts of the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency.

The Chairman, (PAC), Hon. Oluwole Oke on Friday in Abuja, made the ruling at Public on the “Need to Investigate the Deliberate and Reckless Refusal Non-Treasury and partially funded Agencies to render their audited accounts from the period of 2014 to 2018 to the Auditor General Federation.

The Chairman pointed out that it was necessary Minister of Science and Technology and Permanent secretary to appear before the in  order to unravel the going on the agency and the reason for their non- of audited account over the years.

According to the Auditor General for the Federation, Mr Anthony Ayine, the agency has never made any of statements to his office.

“Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, there is no evidence that they have ever submitted statement,” the Auditor General said.

However, the Director General/Chief Executive, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Samuel Oghene Etatuvie said that the agency has rendered its audited accounts up to 2013.

He gave reasons that they have not been able to render the audited accounts of 2014 till date due the agency not having adequate capacity, adding that they have been struggling all these years.

But Hon. Oluwole Oke, Chairman, PAC, overruled the statement of the DG saying that it is not possible to use oral defence to counter the facts of a written document.

Oke decried the fact that the agency which has been in existence since 1997 has no financial record the office of the Auditor General Federation.

He also pointed out that the total   profile of this agency amounts up to on billion Naira and yet they refused to be accountable to the Nigerian government.

In the light of the foregoing, the Public Account in its ruling ordered that  the DG reappear next week before the the Minister of Science and Technology and the Permanent Secretary. 

“Invite the Minister of Science and Technology with the Permanent Secretary to appear before the committee next week,” the PAC Chairman ruled.