N756m: Senate Rejects Law Reform Commission’s Explanation

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The Senate on Thursday rejected claims by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC) that it expended N756 million on the Revision of the Law of the Federation.

The Upper Chamber through its Committee on Public Accounts said that the Commission’s documents are riddled with discrepancies.

The committee observed abuse of administrative and accounting procedures, as the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, regretted that the Commission failed to give details on how it spent N756 million Service Wide Votes (SWV).

He said, “you did not itemize how you spent N756 million. The papers are not properly put together.

“We have found out that the papers are not properly put together. If we tell you to go back and do it again, you will not be able to do it.

“The disbursements for money were disconnected for over a period of time.

“Make available, all things used the money for and attach the receipt to them. Put your people together, we just want to be sure that the money was used, our account and furnace department together.”

When the Committee asked the Chairperson when the Revision of Law of the Federation will be ready, she said, “It is not within me to determine it. We have submitted it to the printer to print it.

Chairperson of the Commission, Jummai Audi had been scheduled to appear before the members of the Committee to defend the money received from Service Wide Votes from 2017- 2021 which had been the subject of legislative investigation.

But she was unable to justify the discrepancies contained in the documents submitted to the Committee.

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