The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has lent its voice in support of moves by the House of Representative to amend the Establishment Act of MDAs in a bid to curtail revenue leakages.
The group made the declaration in a statement issued by the Director of Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo.
In the statement, the group’s chairman, Debo Adeniran, pointed out that CACOL is of the view that a review has become imperative given that most of the agencies hide under the Act, as presently constituted, to spend their internally generated revenue, IGR, thus depriving the government of the use of the much needed revenue.
“…House of representatives observed that most of the agencies leverage on their establishment acts to spend their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), thereby, denying the government of needed revenue…The Committee noted that some of the acts that warrant certain government establishment to spend their IGR are self-serving and against national interest, saying the need to expeditiously amend such acts cannot be overemphasized”.
According to CACOL, there is need to rein in the excesses of the MDAs as some of them cannot even account for their IGR just as others remit intangible and paltry sums in the name of IGR. The action, it noted, is putting strains on the ability of government to deliver on services to the people in terms of development objectives.
“It is now commonplace for the Management of most MDAs to siphon money that were supposed to be remitted to the Federal Government as a result of lacuna created by their respective Establishment Acts. Some of them cannot account for their internally generated revenue while others remit very intangible and paltry sums of money to the federal government as revenue. This is a classic example of how much damage corruption and mismanagement of scarce resources have caused us as a nation,” CACOL said.
Adeniran, who is full of encomiums for the committee over the recommendation for amendment of the Establishment Act, noted that amending the Act will facilitate smooth running of the MDAs most of which presently act as tools in the hands of those who seek to undermine the purpose for which they were established, ab initio.
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