The Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the Kano State Road Traffic Agency, Kano State Primary Health Care Agency and Kano Printing Press to refund N260m misappropriated by the three agencies.

The Assembly issued the order during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Jibril Falgore, on Tuesday.

The Assembly accused the three agencies of misappropriating allocations and revenue they generated.

The lawmakers cautioned all ministries, agencies and parastatals to comply with due diligence on public finance or face sanctions.

Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Account, and member representing Fagge Constituency, Mohammed Tukur, who presented the 2021 audited public account, expressed concern over what he described as financial ‘iniquity’ in government agencies.

In the report, Tukur narrated how funds for COVID-19 and social welfare programmes were not released while the construction of 100 pit toilets with an estimated budget of N200m secured 100 per cent capitalisation.

The lawmaker also decried the refusal of the previous administration to approve the audit of public accounts for six years, leaving behind a backlog of unaudited public expenditures.

The Majority Leader, Lawan Husain, moved a motion to compel the Auditor General and Accountant General of the state to ensure proper accountability and transparency of public funds and refund of misappropriated monies by MDAs.

February 21, 2024

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