Reps query NIMASA accounts

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has directed a status inquiry on Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over the agency’s Confession of not having management accounts between 2012 and 2017.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Wole Oke, gave the directive during an investigative hearing into the presentation of audit reports of ministries, departments and agencies on Tuesday.

“The committee has agreed to place NIMASA on full status inquiry which includes performance audit and project audit.

“We would carry out a full holistic investigation and find out what went wrong and the investigation would show who is negligent,’’ he noted, frowning that Dr. Dakuku Peterside had seemingly shunned the House.

The Committee is investigating the deliberate and reckless refusal by non-treasury and partially funded agencies to render their audited accounts from 2014 to 2018 to Auditor-General of the Federation.

“You have management accounts and you have audited accounts. Are you saying you do not have management accounts for 2012 till 2017?

“DFA, get the two right. The management account is a document of NIMASA itself and that is the document and other primary accounts that you avail your auditor to vet and form their opinion.

“It will be very embarrassing for an agency such as NIMASA not to have management accounts from 2012. Then what are you doing there?’’, he asked.

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