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Auditor General’s query: Senate directs Agric college to refund N633m

By Nathaniel Zaccheaus
The Senate Public Accounts Committee yesterday, sustained the report of the Auditor-General for the Federation which indicted the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, and asked its management to refund N633m

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide said his panel took the decision after the Federal College of Agriculture, failed to appear and make a presentation before the Senate Panel.

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He said the queries were in the 2018 report of the Auditor General’s of the Federation submitted to the National Assembly.

He said that series of invitations to the agency of the College of Agriculture was not honored.

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Urhoghide said, “ since they have been invited and have failed to appear, we are going to take the position of Auditor General for the Federation on Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan.

“ They have been sent reminders, they have up to 15 queries to respond to in the 2018 Auditor general report.

“The head of this agency knows the consequences. If there is any refund in the queries, it must be made to the government purse.”

The queries range from payment of N59.8 million which could not be traced to the college’s store record.

It also included irregularities in the award of N23 million contract, non-remittance of N9 7 million Internally Generated Revenue, and award of contract to the tune of N32 million which was above the approved threshold.

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The institution was also accused of, irregularities in the award of the N193 million contract, N247 million payment without adequate supporting documents, payment vouchers of N22 million not presented for audit, and payment of N1.2 million in violation of Federal government E-payment policy.

Others are payment of N9 million for consultancy fee without due, non-deduction of Statutory VAT, and Withholding Tax of N4.4 million.

The Senate panel said it showed the Federal College of Agric, Moor Plantation, Ibadan failed to submit any response on the query which had been on their table for the past five years.

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