March 22, 2023



N857bn Service Broad Vote : Defence Headquarters, others, boycott Senate panel session

Companies of the Federal Authorities which allegedly benefitted in alleged secret withdrawal of N875 billion from the Service Broad Vote (SWV), refused to seem earlier than the Senate Public Account Committee, presently probing the matter.

A few of the affected 14 establishments and businesses had been, the Defence Headquarters, Ministry of International Affairs, Property Administration Firm of Nigeria, Finances Workplace amongst others.

The Senate Panel led by Senator Mathew Urhoghide ( PDP Edo South) ,  was probing the gathering of N857bn from the SWV that some businesses collected from the fund, a few of which had been even greater than their annual finances.

The Committee is particularly wanting into the utilisation of the SWV between 2017 and 2021 which is about N5trn.

Over 200 businesses are anticipated to defend the utilization of the fund secretly collected with out involving the Nationwide Meeting Committees mandated by the Structure to oversight them.

Urhoghide lamented the angle of the businesses that ignored the Committee.

The chairman alleged that there was downside of accountability among the many authorities businesses within the nation which is towards the availability of the structure.

He mentioned the affected businesses ought to have respect for the rule.of legislation and are available and provides account of the cash collected from Service Broad Votes with out involving the Nationwide Meeting Committee mandated to oversight them .

“I don’t know  the audacity they’ve to decide on to not seem earlier than the Nationwide Meeting Committee.

“We’re going  ruthlessly towards all of them, we’re going to subject warrant of arrest towards the any company which fails to honour the invitation”, he mentioned.

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In keeping with the document, the Finances Workplace collected – N68bn, Refugee Fee – N10.2bn; Defence Headquarters – N579bn; AMCON- N8.13bn; and the Civil Defence – N4.9bn.

Others are, Foregin Affairs – N96.6bn; Navy – N66.8bn; SGF- N23.9bn and Nationwide Emergency Administration Company – N2.3bn collected from Service Broad Votes between 2017 to 2021, Airforce – N14bn. 

In the meantime, the Public Criticism Fee on Tuesday did not current letter of request for the gathering of N1.7bn from Service Broad Votes between 2017 to 2021 to the Senate Panel.

Firstly of the investigative listening to, the Chairman of the Committee had informed the PCC group the full quantity of fund collected from SWV and requested , Chief Commissioner, Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf to current the letter requesting for the Service Broad Votes.

Nevertheless, Chief Commissioner did not current letter of request from the Service Broad Votes.

“I don’t have the letters requesting for the Service Broad Votes,” he mentioned.