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Published On: Fri, Mar 14th, 2014

Service Wide Vote: Head of Service fails to account for N35bn

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

The House Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has expressed dismay over the inability of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, OHSF, to account for a total of sum of N35 billion from the Service Wide Vote received from the Budget Office of the Federation over a period of nine years.

Consequently, the committee has given the Permanent Secretary of the OHSF, Mr. Remi Adelakun, who appeared before it on the whopping sum of N17.6 billion earlier recorded against the Office by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation a two- week ultimatum within which to re-appear before it with relevant documents on the ‘missing’ N35 billion.

At yesterday’s hearing, while Mr. Adelakun confirmed that the OHSF received only N17.6 billion from the Service Wide Vote between 2004 and 2012, the Budget Office insisted that over N52 billion was

released to the Office and rolled out the break down of the disbursement of the funds within the period in question and received by the OHSF.

According to the Budget Office, in 2004 the OHSF received N2.7 billion, N9.8 million in 2005, N701.7 million in 2006, N896.3m in 2007, N5.3 billion in 2008, N612.9 million plus another N70 million in

2009, N17.6 billion in 2010, while other releases were N13.6 billion in 2011 and N8.5 billion in 2012.

The Chairman of the committee, Hon. Solomon Adeola-Olamilekan pointed out that the OHSF documents only referred to the N17.6 billion it received in the year 2010,saying that based on the figures given by the Budget Office, there was a disparity of almost N35 billion and requested for the documents for the rest of the years in question.

It will be recalled that the Director General, Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD), Mrs. Nellie Mayshak had told the committee on Teusday that a whopping sum of N24 billion received from

the Service Wide Vote for the payment of the pension of retired police personnel could not be accounted for.

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