Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe and recover missing N106 billion in 149 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the federal government as documented in the annual audited report of the Auditor-General of the Federation.
This, SERAP said, would reduce the pressure to borrow more money to fund the budget, and public debts.
In a tweet on Sunday, SERAP said, “We’ve urged President Buhari to probe and recover missing N106bn in 149 MDAs in 2018, as documented in the annual audited report by the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
As contained in the tweet, the letter sent yesterday, read in part: “Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any missing public funds should be fully recovered.
“SERAP also urges him to direct Mrs Zainab Ahmed to create a system of public announcements to name and shame the indicted 149 MDAs, including those that reportedly failed to remit over N55bn of their revenue; and awarded contracts of over N18bn for services not rendered.
“The reported missing public funds reflect the failure of the indicted MDAs to ensure strict compliance with transparency and accountability rules and regulations, and the failure of leadership of the MDAs to foster institutions that uphold the rule of law and human rights.
“SERAP urges you to ask Mrs Ahmed and Mr Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation to explain why they allegedly failed to ensure strict compliance with relevant rules and regulations across all MDAs, despite the warning and recommendations by the Auditor-General.”