by James Sambo
The House of Representatives has urged the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to submit to the legislature, the full version of the forensic audit report on the alleged missing Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation $20billion.
International auditing firm, PriceWater House Coopers, had carried out the forensic investigation on behalf of the Federal Government.
This will be the second time the request is being made as the House had initially given the directive last week Thursday, following a motion moved by its Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila.
On Wednesday, February 25, during plenary, the House yet again requested that the Minister of Finance release the full report.
Gbajabiamila said: “Mr. Speaker (Emeka Ihedioha presiding), we request the Clerk to the House to formally write the Minister to produce that report to every member of this House. She has not produced the report, irrespective of the standing resolution of the House. We want to have the full report, not the snippets that they have been flying about.”
After the House’s session ended, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Solomon Olamilekan, told journalists that the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation only presented a ‘highly-condensed version’ of the report to the public.
Olamilekan said: “PAC, cognisant of the provisions of the Constitution (1999), and empowered by the resolution, hereby requests that the full report on the forensic audit by PWC, which must include the initial raft report, the executive summary, management /internal control letters, should be forwarded to the National Assembly not later than one week from today.”