FG Recovers N793million Surpluses From MDAs

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-15)

Nahimat Adekoga


The Federal Government has discosed that N793 million unremitted operating surpluses were  recovered from three revenue generating agencies accused of short changing the government.


The  Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Dambatta, who announced the development on Wednesday in Abuja, attributed tracing effort to Recovery Committee set up two weeks ago by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

According to a statement issued  by the ministry, the committee was tasked to recover unremitted N450 billion operating surpluses from Federal revenue-generating Ministries, Departments andAgencies (MDAs).

The statement revealed that the surpluses are legally classified as a Federal Treasury Revenue and the committee immediately swung into action by issuing demand notices to 17 of the initial 33 affected Agencies, out of which it met with 10.


It said: ” the MDAs included the National Shippers Council, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigeria Communication Commission.


“The rest were Nigeria Postal Service, National Pension Commission, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company, Raw Materials Research and Development Council and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria”.


According to the statement, the recoveries, totaling N793 million, were made from the Raw Materials

Research and Development Council (RMRDC), N278 million; Nigeria Shippers Council, N407 million and Nigeria Export Promotion Council, N108 million.


“So far, the cumulative total amount recovered is N1.44 billion, given the earlier recovery of N650 million from the Nigeria Shippers Council.


“Several other agencies were in the process of submitting

repayment plan for approval.”


Meanwhile, four agencies that were unable to make it to the meeting due to short notice have been rescheduled to appear before the Recovery Committee.

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“They are the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Pensions Commission (PENCOM), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA),” it stated.


It could recalled that the Minister of Finance announced recently that many revenue generating Federal Government agencies have not remitted the operating surpluses from the revenues they generated totaling N450 billion from 2010 to date.


The agencies are required to pay the operating surpluses to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government not later than one month following the statutory deadline for publishing each corporation’s account as provided in the Fiscal Responsibility Commission Act 2007.


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