ICPC decries N32b unspent balances by MDAs
• Says health, education budgets most padded
• Berates Water Resources ministry for paying N3.3b through staff accounts
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has raised the alarm over the massive unspent balances on personal cost released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from 2017 to 2018 amounting to N31.8 billion.
It, however, disclosed that it had alerted the Minister of Finance of its findings and that appropriate steps were being taken to starve implicated MDAs of the the excess N18.39 billion built into their personnel budgets.
But those implicated will be given the opportunity to explain themselves while investigations are on to confirm any credible explanations they may have, it added.
ICPC chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while presenting the findings from a system study and review of MDAs conducted by the commission.
According to Owasanoye, preliminary findings show that while the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) padded N1.1 billion into its budget, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Bayelsa, padded about N915 million.
The ICPC boss further alleged that Nnamdi Azikwe University padded about N907 million into its budget, University of Jos included about N896 million, while University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan padded about N701 million, Usman Dan Fodio University N636 million and University of Ibadan N558 million.
Owasanoye, who disclosed that the Ministry of Water Resources made payment amounting to N3.3 billion through staff accounts, instead of actual beneficiaries, accused agencies of abusing the e-payment policy of government.
According to Owasanoye, unspent personnel cost balance as at Ju1y 2019 amounting to N12.4 billion was blocked from misappropriation on ICPC directives and retained in the treasury.
He noted that the actual personnel cost of N19.8 billion was on overhead cost and capital-related items, contrary to Budget Call Circular and ICPC Act.
The infractions on personnel cost were reportedly due to the MDAs’ access to the funds released for non-regular allowances under personnel cost.
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