The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has ordered fresh investigation of its revenue generating agencies as it uncovered massive disparity in the remittance of internally generated revenue by some of the agencies.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun disclosed this when she briefed state House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She revealed that the Council specifically directed the Ministry of Finance to look into the remittances of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
According to her, the disparity in the remittances of the two agencies in the past and now necessitated the decision to probe all previous heads of the two agencies, saying that other agencies with similar discrepancies in their revenue remittances will be probed.
“The highest amount that JAMB had ever remitted into the consolidated revenue fund before this management was N3 million.
“This year so far they have done N5 billion and the Minister of Education reported that they have an additional N3 billion that they are ready to remit which will take this year’s figure alone to N8billion and they have not increased their charges, they have not increased their fees.
“So, the question the council members were asking is, where was all this money before?
“So, the directive was given that we must call the heads of all these agencies and similar ones to account (for their financial dealings), and that is the directive we have been given and that is what we intend to do and it is a similar story with other agencies,” she said
The minister reassured that her ministry was on the path of resetting the economy and adjusting permanently to a sort of lower oil pricing.
She also revealed that the Council also approved for Nigeria to rejoin the African Trade Insurance Agency.
According to the minister, this is an agency that is out to provide risk guarantee for private investors coming into Nigeria as well as exporters from Nigeria.
She said: “It will provide risk guarantees. So, instead of projects asking for sovereign guarantees, we will be able to provide risk mitigation through the African Trade Insurance Agency.
“Many other countries are already members so Nigeria will be also joining.
“This agency has an A rating internationally and is able to guarantee long term projects.
“So, what we see as a result of this is that there will be increased level of investments particularly PPP where very often the investors want some guarantee from the government, instead of the government issuing sovereign guarantee directly, this agency will step in and issue it.’’
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, also told the correspondents that he briefed the Council on the second quarter NBS results on the state of the economy.
He stated that members of the Council had pledged to recommit themselves to the full implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan so that Nigerians could feel the full impact of the plan.
The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, disclosed that he briefed FEC on flood and possible threats of flood in the country.
According to him, there is presently no threat of flood in the country apart from the alert the nation received from Niger Republic.
“Niger Republic has put the country on alert. The level of the River in Niamey has increased considerably and the country is at alert at the moment.
“That is an indication that there will be more flood into the river Niger downstream towards Kainji, Jebba and of course by the time you come down on confluence at Lokoja the situation will be compounding because you are already aware of the flood situation in Benue.
“The good thing is that we have an observatory in Niamey and another one in Lokoja to give us that real time, per second updates on the water level.
“So we are monitoring the situation and I briefed Council on our efforts to monitor the situation which we are doing.’’
Recall that in Makurdi, one Ms. Philomena Chieshe who has now been suspended, allegedly could not account for the said N36 million, being part-proceeds from the sale of forms for students seeking university admissions.
When interrogated, she reportedly said her maid had confessed to the missing money was swallowed by a mystery snake!
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