An annual report from the office of the Auditor General has indicted many ministries including the Ministry of Information and Culture of Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Works, Power and Housing Ministry of Babatunde Raji Fashola, Dr. Chris Ngige's Labour and Productivity ministry among others.
According to the Auditor General's report as published by Daily Trust, the Ministry of Information and Culture failed to account for the sum of N561.6m.
The report revealed that the infractions were perpetrated by top government officials between January and December 31, 2015.
The report further detailed that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing also misappropriated N9.2billion; Aviation - N702 million; Water Resources - N3.4 billion; Foreign Affairs - N4.4 million; Labour and Employment - N84.7 million.
Others are Ministry of Petroleum Resources - N1.7 billion; Women Affairs - N20 million; Solid Minerals Development - N37.6 million; Transport -N87.8 million; Environment - N86.5 million and Niger Delta Affairs - N1.9 billion.
Ministry of Defence - N2.692bn; defunct Ministry of Police Affairs - N1.839bn; Youths and Sports Development - N1.144bn; Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment - N1.076.bn, and the Ministry of Finance - N22.103m.
The report submitted to the National Assembly has since been assigned to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts for further action.
The Auditor-General queried the Ministry of Aviation for spending N427 million on the procurement of Navigational Aids/spare parts and maintenance services without approval.
“Scrutiny of the capital appropriation document revealed a zero budget allocation for the purchase of Air Navigation equipment with code number 23010131. This constituted a gross violation and distortion of the Appropriation Act,” the report said.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry has been requested to furnish the Auditor-General with the statutory financial instrument of the National Assembly authorizing the expenditure.
“In addition, the responsible officials involved in the authorization and disbursement of the fund should be held liable for lack of due diligence, “it said.
The Auditor-General observed that 51 recurrent expenditure account items, mainly local and international travels amounting to N147million were inappropriately charged to the Capital Development Account of the Ministry of Aviation.
“The Permanent Secretary has been asked to explain the circumstances that warranted the Ministry’s misapplication of capital development fund for expenditure which appears at variance with the Appropriation Act and extant.” It directed that the amounts involved should be recovered and recovery particulars forwarded to the Auditor-General for verification.