Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the probe of Dibu Ojerinde, former Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) over allegations of embezzlement of funds generated by the agency.
Buhari has also mandated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was already investigating cases of fraud leveled against Patrick Akpobolokemi, the immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) to bring the case to logical conclusion.
The President gave the directive while presiding over the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, at the Presidential Villa.
Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, who disclosed this at the end of the FEC weekly meeting, alleged that the highest amount which JAMB has remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Account was just N3million but that since the new management came on board, N5billion have been remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Account while another N3billion has accrued and waiting to be remitted into the account.
Adeosun revealed to State House correspondents that similar leakages was also observed in NIMASA where the funds generated in the past were at variance with what their new management were remitting to the common treasury.
“Council felt this is unacceptable. They want to know where the monies have been going in the past. It is not that their revenue drive is different from what they have now. So Council wants to know what has been happening to the monies they have been generating. It is in line with this that Council has directed that we look into the books of these agencies”, Adeosun said.
She noted that the investigation of the agencies is in furtherance of the government’s new realities of accountability and transparency.
Adeosun said the decision to probe the agencies became evident when JAMB remitted a paltry N3 million to the Federal Government’s coffers in 2015 and that in 2017 alone, the agency without prompting remitted a staggering N5 billion with a pledge to remit an additional N3 billion.
She maintained that the “grand scale looting in the past in these agencies” must be looked into adding that following the fraudulent discoveries, the council has also mandated the investigation of other revenue generating agencies in the country to ascertain their level of transparency and accountability.