The Centre for Social Justice, a non-governmental organization (NGO) has recommended to the Minister of Finance that use of manual Payment Vouchers by Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) be abolished .
The Lead Director of CENSOJ, Mr Eze Onyekpere told newsmen at a press conference recently said the Ministry of Finance should ensure that all MDAs are fully on the GIFMIS platform insisting that no payment should be made without passing through the platform.
He said that appropriate sanctions should be applied to all involved in instances of payments being made without the expected supporting documents and/or approvals.
The group also noted that 16 revenue generating agencies did not remit N19,025,384,100.29 to the CRF with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) leading the list in agencies with unremitted funds to the tune of ₦7,585,116,400.00.
He explained that 160 agencies defaulted in submission of audited accounts for 2016 while 265 agencies did not submit their audited accounts for 2017.
He further explained that while 11 agencies never submitted any financial statements since inception adding that the implication of the foregoing is that the incidence of defaults instead of decreasing, is still on the rise.
On irregularities in payment/expenditure, Eze observed that payments totaling ₦26,604,515,374.55 was made by MDAs with a total of 140 identified infractions.
He said the sum of N8,608,588,928.68 was expended in 25 infractions without presenting payment vouchers to justify the payments made in the transactions.
“Also, a total of 10 MDAs embarked on International Travels and Trainings without requisite approval from the appropriate authorities, expending the sum of N2,660,420,450.05 on International Travels despite strict restriction placed on it.
“Furthermore, the sum of N2,789,475,927.84 was expended without providing supporting documents to the Payment Vouchers in 22 infractions in the MDAs.