THE Senate Committee on Public Accounts on Thursday, beamed its investigative sight on the Ministry of Environment over 55 vehicles allegedly missing from the ministry.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, says it was working on the 2018 Auditor General’s report.
“Audit observed that 55 vehicles were not presented for physical inspection; all efforts to inspect and confirm their existence proved abortive and the exact location of these vehicles could not be ascertained.
We are aware that some officers take ministry vehicles away with them when going on transfer or retirement. The audit further observed that the motor vehicles’ logbooks had not been updated, making it difficult to track the movement of these vehicles and track their record of maintenance.
“It is also noted that some official vehicles carry private number plates and registered numbers. The above anomalies are because of failure on the part of the management to ensure proper record keeping, due process in the ministry,” the audit report read in part.
The Committee has ordered the
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Abel Olumuyiwa to account for the missing vehicles or be prosecuted under the FR3129 Provision as he failed to defend the allegation.
Also, his efforts to present some vehicles as part of the alleged missing vehicles were rejected because the vehicles had no chassis number.