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Reps Indict NIS, PCN Over Unremitted N12bn

The House of Representatives has indicted the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) over N12bn not remitted to the federal government’s account.

The House Committee on Finance during an investigative hearing in Abuja on Tuesday informed the Comptroller General of the  NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede, that they  were owing  the government N11.2bn as contained in the report by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

The money, which was meant to be a part of the Consolidated Revenue Fund has not been remitted, according to investigations by the committee.

The Chairman, James Faleke directed the NIS to check their financial records with the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation before facing the committee on March 3.

“If we work with the records from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, you have N11.2bn to pay to the CRF. But we want you to go and reconcile your records with the Accountant General’s office. This figure is just for 2018 and 2019 only.

“We also want to know how many Nigerians were issued passport even though you put the figure at 1.22 million on the average annually. We will have to ask you to come back and bring the relevant document to us”.

Faleke, in his statement told the PCN that the council owed the government about N1.72bn unremitted funds between 2014 and 2019. He asked the top officials to make an appearance before the committee on the third of March with their revenue profile and remittances from 2010, as well as originals of official receipts.

The Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the PCN, Mr Ibrahim Ahmed, who represented the Chief Executive Officer of the council, said out of the N144m due to the CRF in 2014 only N21m was remitted, leaving a balance of N123m.

He also said the PCN remitted N22.4m out of the N182m due to the CRF in 2015.

Faleke further told Ahmed that the Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria voluntarily appeared before the committee and informed them that when he took over the agency, he discovered that they were indebted to the government and started paying the debt.

He said, “They have paid N100m, leaving a balance of N75m. They just told me that they could  pay  additional  N50m of that money into the CRF on Wednesday. At least, they are paying.”

 

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