Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 April 2012

Nigeria: NIMASA Fails to Render Accounts for Four Years - Fiscal Commission

Lagos — The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) yesterday in Abuja accused the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Administration (NIMASA) of refusing to render its audited accounts in the last four years.

The accusation is contained in a report presented to a meeting of the commission, presided over by its chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Yelwa.

The commission asked the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation to conduct an investigation into the affairs of NIMASA.

The director-general of NIMASA was reportedly invited to the meeting but did not show up and no apology was tendered for his absence.

The report, presented by Dr Sylvanus Mordi, Director of Policy and Standards at the commission, said NIMASA did not submit its audited financial statement from 2007-2010.

Mordi added that NIMASA ignored requests from the commission to submit its Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2009-2011, 2010-2012, 2011-2013 and 2012-2015.

In the report, the commission alleged that the only evidence of remittance of operating surplus of 1.99 million dollars was a receipt dated May 5, 2009 made available to the commission.

According to a report prepared by the commission, NSC's expenditure on newspapers and periodicals increased from N3.14 million in 2009 to N15.36 million in 2010.

In other rising personnel costs queried by the commission, NSC's expenditure on office cleaning rose from N16.16 million in 2009 to N21.52 million in 2010.

The agency also increased travelling and hotel costs from N472.94 million in 2009 to N544.08 million in 2010.

The council's debt increased from N678.05 million in 2009 to N724.28 million in 2010 and nature of indebtedness was not disclosed.

"Staff salary advances stood at N6.6 million throughout 2010, indicating that the staff (members) were not servicing the loan; debtors grew from N967.03 million," the report said.

The commission also noted that the operating surplus of N621.13 million of the council paid in 2009 declined to N40.13 million in 2010.

However, the NIMASA Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mrs Lami Tumaka, denied the allegations, saying NIMASA has submitted up to date accounts to the Fiscal Responsibility Commission through a memo from the NIMASA's executive chairman dated February 28, 2012 which was received by the commission on March 1, 2012.

According to her, the commission only requested for the approved 2010-2011 budget and proposed budget for 2012 and that the commission in its response, submitted the following the approved budget for the years requested as well as the proposed budget for 2012, NIMASA's medium expenditure for 2011.

With Agency Report

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