Abuja – The 8th House of Representatives under Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Thursday scored a first as it commenced the laying of reports of its Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
While the report may have been long awaited, findings by INDEPENDENT revealed that the feat was recorded due to the sheer pragmatism of the Committee Chairman, Honourable Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), and his colleagues.
Previous interactions with the Chairman had suggested that the absence of reports by previous assemblies was unacceptable, and as such would not be seen as a legacy to emulate by the 8th Assembly PAC.
Laying the three-volume report on the floor of the House on Thursday, Hon. Chinda noted that the committee is set to present three different reports, beginning from 2010 with the rest already compiled and ready for presentation.
A breakdown of the report obtained by Independent shows that in 2010, the Committee received and treated 966 queries brought against 142 Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
Out of the total, 417 queries were heard and upheld with various degrees of sanctions recommended against erring MDAs.
While 406 queries were closed for satisfactory defences by affected MDAs, a total of 143 were stepped down for lack of supporting documents to proceed with them.
According to Chairman Chinda, reports covering 2011 and 2012 would be ready for consideration before the end of the 8th assembly as a foundation for the incoming assembly to build on.
Recall that the Public Accounts Committee which oversights the office of the Auditor General of the Federation has never laid a single report of its findings from queries issued by the AuGF to MDAs since 1999 until now.
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