The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has today ratified the Audited account of the state government amounting to, two billion, one hundred and eighty-four million, four hundred and thirty-six thousand, five hundred and seventy four naira, seventy one Kobo (#2,184,436,574.71), for the year ended 31st December, 2020.
Presenting the Report at plenary, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon Charity Ido and member representing Ukanafun State Constituency said that her Committee painstakingly considered the report as well as reached out to relevant quarters to make it a success before it’s presentation.
She however stated that some observations were made in the course of delivering their assignment which included: an improvement on Special Imprest given to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state and a decrease in cases of payment of salaries to retired and deceased staff.
She said, the Committee noticed the failure of some zonal Directors and Principals of schools to process and recover salary overpayment made to retired or deceased officers and the improvement in the submission of Audit Reports to the office of the state Auditor General by Parastatals and statutory Corporations.
The Commitee also observed that training of staff on emerging issues like Information Technologies were not accorded adequate priority.
The Audit Committee however made some recommendations to government for the next financial year which included: that the Accountant General should set up a standard system to ensure that all retirement documents tendered to his office by government agencies are promptly treated.
“That prompt action should be put in place by the Zonal Directors to the Accountant General’s office to deduct any overpayment from deceased and retired staff terminal benefits.
“Management of Statutory Corporations who are in the arrears of unaudited accounts should complete the audit process and submit the audited report to the office of state Auditor General not later than December 2021.
“That MDAs who refused to answer audit queries should be prosecuted or sanction appropriately, while failure to comply with the directives above shall attract disciplinary measures as applicable in such situations.”
However, the Audit Report was received after a thorough deliberation by the Committee of the whole in which the Speaker, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey announced the resolution of the House.