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Nigerian diplomats queried over N248m extra-budgetary spending

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THE Auditor-General for the Federation, Anthony Ayine, has indicted officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Germany, of spending N248m without approval from the National Assembly.

  This is contained in the 2015 audit report currently being scrutinised by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts.

  Ayine queried the affected officials and wondered why the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2014, failed to abide by the financial regulations and extant laws.

  “The embassy (in Germany) overspent its budget for 2014 in 16 subheads, totaling N248,025,564.88. This act of over-expenditure by the embassy is a virement by the mission without approval from the National Assembly.

The mission, through the permanent secretary, has been advised to abide by the provisions of the financial regulations and extant circular, which states that expenditure must be within the amount provided in the subheads. It is also necessary that the embassy should explain the source of the extra funds spent,” the query reads in part.

  However, in its written response to the audit query, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the embassy did not overspend its budget for 2014.

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