“We cannot agree less with SERAP. Some of the revelations include alleged awards of contracts without following due process, advance payments for unexecuted contracts and other alleged infractions. It is ignominious that such alleged infractions can still go on under the nose of a government that is overtly overrated anti-corruption egotism and heroism”

Who is monitoring and enforcing b u d g e t implementation and fiscal policy rules of the present administration? This question becomes necessary on the backdrop of reports alleging rots in ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs). In other words, accountability is one of the biggest problems of this government. The 2018 audit report by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has thrown up big issues in the polity.

Right from the beginning, issues of transparency, accountability and pathetic anti-corruption fight have continued to dent the open governance of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the negative effect is seen in virtually all aspects of public and private sectors.

The report indicated that the sum of N106billion was missing or unaccounted for, or it has been misappropriated in 149 MDAs. This has raised serious questions with many calling for thorough investigations with a view to account for the money. For instance, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned President Buhari demanding that Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Mr Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation, be called to answers relevant questions on this controversy.

The group wants the duo to “explain why they allegedly failed to ensure strict compliance with relevant legislation, rules, and regulations across all MDAs, despite the warning and recommendations by the auditor general,” the letter signed by Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP’s deputy director stated. It quoted the Auditor-General of the federation who alleged that the core reason for the alleged infractions was because “the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Accountant-General of the Federation” failed to ensure compliance of due process of law and legislation by the affected MDAs. Since the present government came on board, the corrupt trends in budgeting, budgetary and policy implementation have not improved.

If anything, it is getting worse according to reports. We cannot agree less with SERAP. Some of the revelations include awards of contracts without following due process, advance payments for unexecuted contracts and other alleged infractions. It is ignominious that such alleged infractions can still go on under the nose of a government that is overtly overrated anti-corruption egotism and heroism.


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