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REVEALED: NDDC paid ₦459m to part-time Board Members for Medical Check-ups against Govt Guidelines

By Technocrat Media

ABUJA – According to the Report, the area of coverage and summary of work done by the auditor from the Auditor-General’s Office of the Federation showed that they examined the Commission’s imprest and medical check-up paid to part-time members of the Board on the Remita platform from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, to ascertain the level of compliance with both the Public Service Rules section 160 (202) and Federal Government Administrative Guidelines Regulating the relationship between Parastatals/Government-owned Companies and the Government, section 19, 20 (ii) and 24 which states that:

“under no circumstance must accommodation…” or “…official vehicles be provided to any part-time member of a Board on a permanent basis”. And in case “where accommodation is required for more than 7 days at a stretch, the written approval of the respective supervising Ministry must be obtained” or Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as the case may be. The Guideline further provides that “such public officials will be entitled only to the rate of sitting, transportation, accommodation allowance, etc’’ and shall not be entitled to remuneration by virtue of their membership of Board of parastatals.

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Findings, as contained in the Auditor-General’s Report, indicate that a total sum of ₦459,350,000.00 was expended on medical check-up of part-time members of the Board of the Commission, and medical allowance was paid twice in the 2017 financial year.

The key risks in this action by NDDC include mismanagement of public funds as there was no provision and evidence of such expenditure and abuse of Government rules and regulations.

The Auditor-General recommended that the management of NDDC should ensure quick recovery of the sum of ₦459,350,000.00 from the part-time members of the Board and evidence of recovery forwarded to the Office of the Auditor-General for Federation for confirmation; otherwise, the matter be referred to EFCC or ICPC, for recovery.

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