MDAs risk accounts blockage as Reps harp on revenue remittances

The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has threatened to call on the Accountant General of the Federation to block the accounts of government agencies that refused to present details of their revenue profile streams or render accurate remittances to government coffers.

Speaking at the resumed revenue monitoring exercise of the committee, Monday, its vice chairman, Saidu Abdullahi, frowned at the refusal of some of the agencies to appear before the committee despite invitation extended to them. 

Abdullahi said out of eight agencies that were invited to appear before the committee on Monday, only two, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and National Health Insurance Authority, honoured the committee’s invitation. 

The lawmaker said while two others applied to be given another date, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, National Broadcasting Commission, National Examination Council and National Inland Waterways Authority failed to either honour the invitation or communicate with them. 

“We expected eight agencies to appear before the committee today, but only two agencies came, while two others wrote to request for another date and they were granted. 

“However, four other decided to abscond. That was the same word I used last year that did not go down well with some of the agencies. They have decided to play truancy on an assignment that is very important. If members can turn out in large numbers for this assignment, I don’t see any reason why any agency will decide not to appear before the committee.”