The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, on Wednesday, January 6, disclosed that the officials who allegedly spent N116 million on stationery have either retired or been redeployed to other ministries.
This disclosure was contained in a statement issued by Garba Deen Muhammad, spokesman for Sylva.
A 2015 audit report submitted by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF) in December 2020 had said officials of the petroleum ministry spent N116 million on stationery.
A breakdown showed that N14.5 million was spent on the purchase of Schneider pens; N46 million to print the ministry’s letterhead, and N56 million on toner for its photocopy machines in 2015.
The report is currently under investigation by the Senate public accounts committee; led by Mathew Urhoghide, Senator, representing Edo south.
The statement explained that the infractions occurred before the present leadership of the ministry of petroleum.
“The general public should note that while it is true that the auditor-general raised audit observations; on infractions committed by the ministry of petroleum resources; these infractions related to the 2015 accounts of the ministry of petroleum resources,” the statement said.
“It should further be noted that these infractions appeared in the 2015 report of the Auditor-General for the Federation which is presently under consideration by the public accounts committee (PAC) of the senate.
“The public should further note that the officers the report of the Auditor-General for the Federation indicted have since been retired or redeployed out of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in line with the practice in the civil service.”
It added that the officials are currently being investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).