The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Director General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, the Acting Accountant-General of the Federation, Sylva Okolieaboh, and the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan over the budget of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAuGF).
Chairman of the committee, Wole Oke announced the summon after the 2023 Budget defence presentation by the Acting Auditor-General of the Federation, Andrew Okwudili, yesterday.
The summon came after the committee discovered that the OAuGF’s budget proposals, particularly its capital and overhead, were slashed by the Budget Office, which the committee rejected. The committee discovered that the Auditor-General’s office proposed a total of N11.151 billion, but the budget office slashed it to N5.112 billion.
Oke said the finance ministry and the Budget Office were deliberately underfunding the OAuGF’s office to carry out its constitutional duty while funding ancillary agencies with billions.
Earlier, the Auditor-General of the Federation, while presenting the 2023 Budget proposal, informed the committee that the office’s proposed capital expenditure was N2.518 billion but was slashed to N62.701 million.
He said the 2023 Budget proposal was aimed at ensuring the implementation and achievement of the goals and objectives of the Budget as envisaged by President Muhammadu Buhari.