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SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Tobbydhayor90: 10:10am On May 16
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies fresh allegations that N4.1 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in the 2016 audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

SERAP said: “these allegations are not part of the disclosure by the Auditor-General in other audited reports that N4.4 billion of National Assembly money is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen.”

In the letter dated 15 May 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “As part of its legislative and oversight functions, the National Assembly has a key role to play in the fight against corruption in the country. But little can be achieved by the legislative body in the anti-corruption fight if the leadership and members do not first confront the spectre of alleged corruption and mismanagement within their ranks.”

SERAP is also urging Dr Lawan and Mr Gbajabiamila: “to identify the lawmakers and staff members suspected to be involved, and hand them over to appropriate anti-corruption agencies to face prosecution, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and to ensure full recovery of any missing public funds.”

The letter, read in part: “Ensuring the effective investigation of these fresh allegations, and full recovery of any missing public funds would strengthen the country’s accountability framework, and show that the National Assembly can discharge its constitutional responsibility of amplifying the voices of Nigerians. It will also show that the body is acting in the best interest of the people.”

“SERAP is concerned that allegations of corruption continue to undermine economic development, violate social justice, and destroy trust in economic, social, and political institutions. Nigerians bear the heavy economic and social costs of corruption. The National Assembly therefore has a responsibility to curb it.”

“According to the Auditor-General Report for 2016, N4,144,706,602.68 of National Assembly money is missing, diverted or stolen. The National Assembly paid some contractors N417,312,538.79 without any documents. The Auditor-General wants the Clerk to the National Assembly to ‘recover the amount in question from the contractors.’”

“The National Assembly reportedly spent N625,000,000.00 through its Constitution Review Committee between March and June 2016 but without any document. The Auditor-General wants the Clerk to the National Assembly to ‘recover the amount from the Committee and furnish evidence of recovery for verification.’”

“The National Assembly also reportedly spent N66,713,355.08 as ‘personnel cost’ but ‘the payees in the Cashbook did not correspond with those in the Bank Statement’. The Auditor-General wants ‘the irregular expenditure recovered from the officer who approved the payments.’”

“The National Assembly also reportedly paid N116,162,522.60 to some contractors between April and June, 2016 without any document. The National Assembly deducted N56,985,568.55 from various contract payments in respect of Withholding Tax and Value Added Tax but without any evidence of remittance.”

“The National Assembly also reportedly paid N126,264,320.00 as cash advances to 11 staff members between March and December, 2016 to procure goods and services but failed to remit the money.”

“The Senate reportedly paid N747,286,680.00 as personal advances to staff members between February and December, 2016 for various procurements and services but failed to retire the money. The Senate also deducted N118,625,057.48 as Withholding and Value Added Taxes but failed to show any evidence of remittance to the Federal Inland Revenue Service.”

“The Senate also spent N109,007,179.73 from the Capital Expenditure vote but without any document.”

“The House of Representatives reportedly deducted N821,564,296.48 from staff salaries but failed to remit the money to tax authorities. The House also paid N254,059,513.70 as advances to staff members to procure goods and services between January and December, 2016 but failed to retire the money.”

“The National Institute for Legislative Studies reportedly spent N375,867,000.00 to buy 11 motor vehicles in April 2016. But the Institute also paid the same contractor N36,610,000.00 in September 2016 under the same contract without approval.”

“The Institute also reportedly paid N10,927,768.80 to 7 members of staff who were redeployed from the National Assembly to provide specialized services but without details about the staff paid, and without any justification.”

“The National Assembly Service Commission reportedly approved N109,995,400.00 to train some officers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but spent N127,629,600.00 as Estacode Allowances to participants, and fees for two consultants engaged for the training. The Commission also spent N9,975,000.00 as course fees for 34 officers but it also paid a consultant N4,987,500.00 for the same course fees.”

“The Legislative Aides Section earned N12,274,587.77 as interests on Bank accounts in a commercial bank between January and December 2016 but failed to remit the money to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.”

“We would be grateful if you would indicate the measures being taken to address the allegations and to implement the proposed recommendations, within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”

“If we have not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken in this direction, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel the leadership of the National Assembly to implement these recommendations in the public interest, and to promote transparency and accountability in the National Assembly.”

“The National Assembly can only effectively perform its anti-corruption role if it can demonstrate exemplary leadership to probe the allegations of corruption and mismanagement involving the legislative body.”

“SERAP notes that the Auditor-General in the 2015, 2017 and 2018 reports documented that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen.”

“Addressing the allegations would improve public confidence and trust in the ability of the National Assembly to exercise its constitutional and oversight responsibilities, and to adhere to the highest standards of integrity.”

The letter was copied to Mr Abukabar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and chairmen of the Public Accounts Committees of the National Assembly.
https://serap-nigeria.org/2021/05/16/serap-writes-lawan-gbajabiamila-over-fresh-missing-n4-1bn-nass-funds/

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by longetivity(m): 10:12am On May 16
Serap no dey tire to write? Las Las this goats will shun them

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Baawaa(m): 10:17am On May 16
Thieves want to probe thieves

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Daveambition(m): 10:18am On May 16
The way most of this northern folks take dey milk this country dry, modern slavery go soon loom this nation

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by ChiefSosa(m): 10:24am On May 16
It's mind blowing that Nigerian politicians go to school yet, they'll still do Nonsense.

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by yanabasee1(m): 10:33am On May 16
This matter is as good as nothing ....



They'll sweep it under the carpet.....

This missing funds will resurface during 2023 elections.... to be used for vote buying....

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Nbote(m): 11:18am On May 16
U are writing to a runner stamped Senate that he shown and proven to b as useless as the P in psychology

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by ttuchel: 12:16pm On May 16
Money in money out
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Nobody: 12:17pm On May 16
alright
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by seborrhic: 12:18pm On May 16
Which difference has all these writings and even court cases made to the massive corruption they av been litigating against since this government came to power?Nothing!!
SERAP should think up an alternative approach.
The more SERAP writes the more the corruption gets worse.
It makes SERAP look like a joke.

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by DropsMic(m): 12:18pm On May 16
As long as money remains a legal tender No black nation go get am right.. Na just fact

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by pedro4hope(m): 12:18pm On May 16
Another news to distract the citizens of this country..
Nothing will eventually come out of this writing..
All this na just to make newspaper � sale..
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Harrynight(m): 12:19pm On May 16
grin

I know my country, this one also is dead on arrival cos nothing will be done as the case will soon be swept under carpet!


Dimeji Bankole as then speaker of the house went away with 10B and nothing was done about it, he went on to complete his tenure.
Today Dimeji Bankole is walking freely!

Should i talk about Patricia Etteh?

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by GreaterFuture(m): 12:19pm On May 16
Everyday billions is missing. Today it is in Naira, tomorrow it is in Dollars or Pounds/Euros
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by kareemkamil(m): 12:19pm On May 16
Hmmm, Buhari disappointed Nigerians
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by phkka1(m): 12:19pm On May 16
Nothing will come out of this investigation. The problem of Nigeria is the politicians.
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Olatunji1929: 12:20pm On May 16
This people no get job na every day them they sue write petition with no result

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by inderhappy: 12:21pm On May 16
can any good news come of helinus and dead meat seller country huh?

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by PoshBoss007(m): 12:21pm On May 16
Which senate are they writing to? This same senate that all but agreed they're a rubber stamped senate for the presidency? Serap should help the ecosystem by reducing the amount of paper they're wasting when writing all these suits. This government no send anybody.

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Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Judolisco(m): 12:21pm On May 16
U say make thieves help u find something wey lost
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Adefoyral: 12:21pm On May 16
Reading
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by ohosi4real(m): 12:22pm On May 16
Una don dey useless our money any how. Common Nigerian are suffering while all this politicians are busy taking our money to another land. May God polish dem all
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by Koryc: 12:23pm On May 16
They've converted the money to campaign funds for 2023.
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by ednut1(m): 12:23pm On May 16
Serap no dey tire ni
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by salbis(m): 12:23pm On May 16
Snake and monkey sef swallow money and dey no gree vomitam, na these useless adults go vomit their own? Heartless and useless thieves in the corridors of power.
Re: SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over ‘Fresh Missing ₦4.1Bn NASS Funds’ by ubaobi: 12:24pm On May 16
That's why they are always fighting against restructuring, the current system favours our thieving politicians, stealing us dry since 1960.
Stealing money that they can't even finish spending during their lifetime. Nonsense..

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