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Auditor’s report: NILDS denies spending N375.8m on vehicle

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Auditor's report: NILDS denies spending N375.8m on vehicle
National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, has denied claims made by the Office of Auditor General for the Federation, OAuGF on alleged N375.8million vehicle purchase in 2016.
The AuGF had in the 2016 Audit Report, alleged that NILDS cornered N36million  from  inflation of prices of 11 vehicles it purchased in the year totalling N375.8million.
The report further alleged that NILDS under the leadership of former director general, Professor Ladi  Hamalai also illegally paid N67million into another account.
The query reads: “At the National  Institute for Legislative Studies, it  was  observed that 11 (eleven) motor  vehicles were purchased at a contract  sum  of  N375,867,000.00 (Three  hundred and seventy-five million, eight  hundred and sixty-seven thousand  naira)  in  April 2016.
“Examination of the Capital Account  Cashbook revealed that an additional  sum  of N36,610,000.00 (Thirty-six  million, six hundred  and  ten thousand  naira) was paid  in favour of the  contractor in September 2016 under the same contract, without approval.
“The management of the Institute  should justify the overpayment, which is in excess of  the contract sum,  otherwise the sum of N36,610,000.00  (Thirty-six million, six hundred and ten  thousand naira) overpaid should be  recovered from the contractor and recovery particulars forwarded for  verification.”
Another query reads, “Payments  totalling  ₦67,296,478.00  (Sixty-seven  million,  two  hundred  and  ninety-six thousand,  four  hundred  and  seventy-eight  naira)  were  revealed  to  be  made  to  payees  other than  the  payees  specified  in  the  payment  vouchers.
“This  is  contrary  to  the  provision  of  FR 613  which  stipulated  that  “Payments  shall  be  made  only  to  the  persons  named  in  the vouchers  or  their  properly  authorized  representatives. This  irregularity  could  result  to  diversion and  misappropriation  of  government  funds.
“The Director-General is required  to  recover  the  total  sum  of  ₦67,296,478.00  (Sixty-seven million,  two  hundred  and  ninety-six  thousand,  four  hundred  and  seventy-eight  naira)  and refund  back  to  Treasury  with evidence  of  recovery  forwarded to  my  office. 88  Office  of  the  Auditor-General  for  the  Federation.”
But, NILDS in its response to the queries as made available by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts , investigating the queries, said the alleged N36million difference in the vehicles purchase arose from price variation due to change in the model of the vehicle supplied and was done with full approval of appropriate authorities and in line with laid down proceses and procedures.
The Institute on the alleged N67million paid to payees not on vouchers , said the infraction has been sorted out with the contractors who supplied the vehicles.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Mathew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South), has directed the Clerk of the committee to invite NILDS management for physical appearance and defence of the queries.
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