Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has directed an investigation into the payrolls of the Air Force, the Navy and the Army by the Continuous Audit Team of the Federal Government.
The investigation became inevitable following revelations in the ongoing trial of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in which it was revealed that the sum of N558.2million was allegedly diverted monthly from the Nigeria Air Force account into private pockets.
A statement from the ministry signed by Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta Director (Information) of the ministry said “the Continuous Audit team has been charged with the responsibility of scrutinizing the payrolls of the three services, which have not yet been put on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), to ensure that all possible loopholes that could lead to leakages were blocked.”
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Justifying the need for the exercise, he said it will be conducted pending the biometric capturing and migrating of the payroll of the three services to the IPPIS, in line with the policy of the Federal Government to clean up the payroll of all public sector employees.
The Minister of Finance said that the measure has become necessary as part of the change mantra of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which include the restoration of the culture of transparency, accountability and control in the management of public funds.
The Continuous Audit Process was one of the initiatives of the Minister approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the on-going reforms in the public finance management system of the federal government, which he emphasised in his 2016 Budget speech.
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