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Senate probes Custom Service over under remitted revenue

Senate probes Custom Service over under remitted revenue

The  Senate has disclosed that, the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS), is under probe,  over what it described as under remitted N62 billion into the revenue generated by the agency.

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts under the Chairmanship of Senator Aliyu Ahmed Wadada, SDP, Nasarawa West is carrying out the investigation relying on the 2017 Auditor General’s Report forwarded to it.

The query read, ” in the report of NCS summary of the monthly collection 2017 total collection for the Federation account were N691 billion .

”However , the receipt of NCS collection and remittance into Federation account 2017 showed actual remittance into Federation account with the CBN for the year under review to be N629 billion,

”A comparison of these two documents revealed an under remittance N62 billion.

”There was no footnote or any form of additional information attached to the two reports.showing the reasons for the discrepancies neither there was any form of communication of the management on the intention for the future reconciliation or remittance .

”The above anomalies could attributed weaknesses in the internal control system at Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters Abuja.”

The Chairman of the committee therefore gave the Customs to come up with their defence on the allegation of under remittance in two weeks time.

Senator Wadata said, “Before anything, I will like to reiterate what this Committee stands for based on the understanding and the responsibilities that are expected to be discharged by this Committee.

“This Committee relies partly and not wholly on the Auditor General for the Federation’s audit report to discharge its responsibilities. but beyond, the Committee as well go on status enquiry where it write Ministries, Departments and Agencies wherer it want to know the status of these agencies whether those agencies and departments are in question.

“And the Committee based on its commitment to the development and growth of Nigeria is not out to witchunt anybody, or want to take anybody to the cleaners. And the Committee under my stewardship with support of my distinguished members have had cause to say this not once, not twice, that we should understand that audited or Auditor-General’s report is not an indictment on any ministry, department or agencies of government, but rather a wake up call for us to know what was wrongly committed by who.

“Going forward, we should find way to correct the wrong to make the system better and we move on to the greater heights.

“Today, the Committee is compelled to say what I am going to say concerning the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA. Nigeria Ports Authority is found wanting on both ends, one, on the Auditor General for the Federation’s annual report and also, on ends of the status enquiry.


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