FRC Acting Chairman, Muruako

 

*Cites Non-remittance Of Operating Surplus, Submission Of Audited Accounts, MTEF

 

By CLEMENT NWOJI, Abuja

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has frowned at the failure of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to remit its operating surplus into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Acting Chairman of FRC, Victor Muruako, who expressed displeasure at the practice of the NIS, said that the NIS had not been complying with the provisions of Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007 since its inclusion in 2013 by the Minister of Finance.

Muruako spoke during interface with the Comptroller-General of NIS, Mohammed Babandede who was represented by the Deputy Comptroller, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Nurideen Graham at the Commission’s headquarter, Abuja.

He pointed out that the independent revenue drive of the Federal government is not encouraging.

He noted that the NIS is one of the foremost paramilitary agencies that have done Nigeria proud over the years and the agency in turn must do the nation proud by complying with FRA 2007 in the areas of remittance of operating surplus, audited account as well as submission of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

While appreciating the representatives of the Comptroller General for their presence, he implored them to inform the Immigration boss that the Commission would appreciate his presence to finalize the grey areas, adding that the outcome of the meeting may not have the desired impact on him without his presence.

According to Muruako, if all government agencies were brought under the FRA and all of them complied by remitting the operating surpluses into the consolidated revenue fund, the Federal Government would have no need to borrow any more.

Further in a statement by the FRC Acting Strategic Communication Directorate, Bede Anyanwu, Muruako
said that going by the funds being generated by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the government was capable of funding all its activities if the monies were properly accounted for.

In his remarks, the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation of FRC, Mr. Ola Tijani pointed out that the NIS may be doing the right thing in its operations but there must be proof of prudence, accountability and transparency in its financial reporting in order to be in line with the FRA 2007 as stated in sections 21, 22 and 23.

According to him, the compliance entails the NIS to publish its audited account latest March 31st of every year and submit its MTEF to the Commission and treasury receipt that shows remittance of operating surplus to CRF.

Tijani emphasized that without audited account, there is no way the Commission can calculate the operating surplus and that is the reason the NIS repositioned its operations to comply with the provisions of the Act.

Responding, the Deputy Comptroller General, Nurideen Graham, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interface with the Commission and pleaded for understanding.

He explained that the NIS is unaware of its obligation as stated in the FRA 2007, adding however that their operations are open and transparent.

He assured the Commission that the Service is ready to collaborate with the FRC in its efforts to improve the independent revenue generation drive of the Federal government.