Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) has been asked by the Nigerian Senate to refund a total sum of N132, 066, 948 million allegedly spent on drivers’ uniforms and overseas training.
According to the Senate, NBET should return the money into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).
Senate’s directive was sequel to queries issued to that effect by the auditor general of the federation in the 2015 Audit Report.
The N132 million, as stated in the queries, sustained by Senate Committee on Public Accounts and adopted by the Upper Legislative Chamber, comprises of N95.320million spent on overseas training for staff which never took place, N34.163mllion payments for unverifiable services and N2.583million spent for production of uniforms for outsourced drivers.
The query stated: “Payment of the sum of N34, 163,948million without internal audit checking for unverifiable services in violation of extant financial regulations.
“Payment of N2, 583,000million to a contractor for production of uniform of outsourced drivers who were supposed to be kitted by their firm and not NBET.
“Expenditure of the sum of N95, 320,000million for overseas training of staff against presidential directive and without documentary evidence.”
The Senate, in adopting the report as recommended by its committee on Public Accounts, directed NBET to remit the purported N132million expenses back into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRV).
Specifically, on the N2.583million expended on uniforms for outsourced drivers, the Senate said: “Provision of uniform to outsourced drivers is illegal. The contractor is supposed to provide uniforms for his staff and not NBET.
“NBET should therefore, refund the sum of N2.583million to government coffers and evidence of refund submitted to the Senate Public Accounts Committee in accordance with Financial Regulations 3102, 3103 and 3115.
“N95million purportedly expended on overseas training for staff between October and November 2014, which was in violation of presidential directive of February 2014 and which has no documentary evidence, should be refunded into the CRF.
“The accounting officer who authorised the payment be removed from his /her schedule according to Rule 3115 of the Financial Regulation for contravening the provision of Financial Regulation 1705 and evidence of compliance should be forwarded to the auditor general as well as the Senate Public Accounts Committee.”