By Christiana Ekpa
The Directorate of Road Traffic Services, DRTS, of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja yesterday said it has generated over N11 bn between 2014 and 2018 respectively
The Director in charge of the Directorate, Wadata Bodinga who revealed this on Wednesday before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts chaired by Hon Wole Oke stated that the amount was paid directly to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, in line with government’s directive.
Bodinga gave the break downtown of the total amount as follows : 2014 N2.5bn, 2015 N1.5bn, 2016 N2.4bn, 2017 N2.2bn and 2018 N2.6bn .
This came just as he told the Committee that plans have reached an advanced to install devices against traffic violators in the Federal Capital Territory and its environments by Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA.
Bodinga stated that a private firm had already made a presentation on the implementation before the Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohammad Musa Bello and that the project would take off soon
While explaining that the Directorate was a mere department under the FCDA, Bodinga appealed to the Committee to fast track the representation of the directorate’s Bill passed by the 8th National Assembly but which could not be signed into law by the President.
Speaking on the activities of the Directorate, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Oke stressed the need to always consider the fundamental human rights of the people in its operations.
The Committee later set up a three man sub Committee to look into the documents submitted by the Directorate and sundry matters for accountability which would guide the Committee on its final decision.
In a related development, the Committee has summoned the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Administration, Christian Ohaa to appear before it next week Wednesday to defend the Capital Projects of the FCT Water Board.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon Wole Oke who gave this directive Wednesday during an investigative hearing with the management of Water Board led by Olade Okobi, Head of Quality Control said, the the Permanent Secretary would also explain all the procurement processes by Board.
Hon Oke also directed the management of the Board to appear before the Committee within seven days with clean copies of audited accounts report from 2014 to 2017, payment vouchers and receipts of transactions during the period under review.
He further mandated the Board to make available list of all debtors, assets with their net value and nominal roll of staff to enable the Committee and the House take appropriate decisions that would enhance accountability and develop the Agency.
The Committee directed the Office of the Accountant General to conduct performance audit on the FCT Water Board and report back the Committee within one week while the Auditors who had worked on the Board’s audit should also appear within the same time for clarification.
Also, the Committee summoned all the commercial banks which the Agency had accounts with to appear alongside with their management with statements of accounts and all their transactions and urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to confirm the compliance of the Board with the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal Government.