PDP, APC Senators in heated argument over underfunding of Accountant General’s office
November 23, 2020 6:01 pm
Senate on Tuesday decried the yearly poor budgetary allocation to the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF) by the Budget Office, saying the allocations over the years were grossly inadequate. Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Sen. Matthew Urhohghide (PDP Edo) with other members of the committee expressed their displeasure when officials of OAGF and Budget Office appeared before the Committee. Urhohghide said the Committee had considered the budget office proposal for the OAGF and was dissatisfied with the budget proposal of N4.47 billion proposed to OAGF for the 2021 budget.
He said the budget would not be adequate for the OAGF to audit over 600 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) including foreign missions and their Attaches. According to the Chairman there has been continued under-funding of OAGF which is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of ensuring transparency, accountability, and probity in governance.
He further stated that the OAGF was in need of funds for the performance of specialized audit which was also provided for in the year 2021 budget proposal for the office. Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Sani Musa responding to Urhohghide blamed the underfunded state of the OAGF on the previous administration (PDP). He said that the OAGF office has not been able to prove themselves to Nigerians that they are doing their job by making their audits open to the public.
He said the APC administration has been able to bring changes to a lot of mishaps, explaining that the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) was a well-thought way of checkmating the wastages by the previous administration. Musa also said there had not been accounting of public funds in the past fifteen years because PDP was in power and that the party (PDP) messed up Nigeria as a country.