Abuja - The Senate has mandated a number of its committees to investigate the alleged payment of N25 billion to revenue collection agent, REMITA.
The Committees on Finance, Banking and Other Financial institution and Public Account must institute the probe while he Central Bank of Nigeria and the Ministry of Finance have been ordered suspend any further payment to REMITA pending the outcome of the investigation.
The development follows a motion by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) on abuse and mismanagement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) regime.
Some 36 legislators co-sponsored the motion.
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Melaye obersved that in the course of the operations of the TSA, the Federal Government on September 15 mopped up the sum of N2.5 trillion through REMITA, its e-collection agency, which charges 1 percent for its services.
“The implication of which 1 percent of the N2.5 trillion mopped up on the 15th alone amounted to N25 billion largesse to REMITA for doing nothing,”
He said the activities of REMITA were a gross violation of the BOFIA Act of 2007 and another attempt of ripping Nigerians of taxpayer’s money.
The Senate Leader Senator Ali Ndume said the issue is a litmus test for the anti-corruption fight of the current government.
He said the Central Bank denied knowledge of the payment when contacted.
Ndume called on all senators to take the matter seriously.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urged the committees to be diligent in their investigations.
The committees are expected to report back to the Senate in two weeks.
- CAJ News