Reps probe agency’s N11.7m payment into private account

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts said on Monday that the Federal Civil Service Commission breached financial regulations by paying “over N11.7m” into the private bank account of one member of its staff.
The committee, which queried the commission for the act, said it found out that the money was approved for the hosting of an international conference in Abuja.
However, it stated that a member of staff kept the money in a private account as against the account of the commission.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Adeola Olamilekan, directed the commission to produce the employee, whose name was not given, on Wednesday for questioning.
He also said the commission would explain what eventually happened to the money.
The committee called for the list of those who attended the conference where the N11.7m was said to have been spent.
Olamilekan stated, “We cannot understand why an individual should be given such a huge amount, to be paid into his or her personal account.
“Government money, being paid into a personal account? What if he or she runs away with the money? It is illegal and unacceptable; it is against financial regulations and the committee will get to the root of the transaction. The affected staff should be brought before this committee by wednesday.”

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