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Reps Querries Details Of $125m World Bank Loan Disbursement

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives has demanded that the Budget Office and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation provide details of utilisation of the $125 million loan received from the World Bank.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Oluwole Oke on Thursday, ordered that ministries, departments and agencies that received funds from the loan to appear before the committee next week.

The committee had previously summoned the Director-General, Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, to explain the $125 million collected from the World Bank which was allegedly not captured in the 2018 Appropriation Act.

The DG was also told to provide details of the disbursement of another $36.1 million World Bank loan collected in four years.

During his appearance before the committee Thursday, however, Akabueze said the $200,000 was disbursed to the Office of the Auditor-General of Federation.

According to him, the document submitted to the committee contained the list of beneficiaries of the loan which the OAUGF was among.

He noted further that the $125 million loan was the total received from the World Bank, and while the $36.1 million was the loan component, the $1.2 million was grant.

He said the loan could be spent on many things, including capital projects, while insisting that the World Bank loans and grants were all captured in the 2018 appropriations Act.

He said the Accountant-General of the Federation was also aware of the loan.

In his submission earlier, Director of Funds, Accountant-General Office, Sabo Mohammed, said the office did not receive any document apart from the committee’s letter requesting the details of the $36.1m World Bank loan given to the Auditor-General Office.

“We’ll like the Director-General, Budget Office, to clarify too if the loan has been utilised. As far as we’re concerned, this money has not been accessed”, he said.

The committee resolved that the Accountant-General appear before it on Monday to provide all relevant documents and explain issues surrounding the utilisation of the loan.

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