Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) is currently investigating allegations of fraudulent practices at the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) commonly referred to as the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
THISDAY investigations revealed that officials of the directorate had visited the ICPC on several occasions to answer questions over their alleged involvement in fraud.
The anti-graft agency in a letter addressed to the Director, Directorate of Road Traffic Service, requested the officer in-charge of administration to appear before it with the establishment laws of DTRS, audit report on DTRS in the last four years and records of number plates supplied by Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to DTRS from 2010-2015.
The latter dated February 10, 2016, read: “The commission is investigating alleged violation of the ICPC Act 2000 in your organisation, in the course of which it has become necessary to obtain some information, documents from your service. Pursuant to section 28 of the above stated Act, you are required to furnish the commission with the establishment laws of DTRS, Audit report on DTRS in the last four years and records of number plates supplied by FRSC to DTRS from 2010-2015.”
ICPC in another letter dated February 17, addressed to the Secretary, FCT Transport Secretariat, in addition to the above-mentioned, demanded records of security documents, motor vehicle particulars printed and issued with details of payment from January 2014 till date, and records of payments received for vehicle plate number issued from January 2010 to December 2016.
The commission had established the fraudulent act in a comprehensive system study of the processes and procedures of the directorate between 2010-2012.
The study revealed that within the three years period, the directorate attained a non-complaint compliance level of approximately 35.4cper cent on the performance scale, which portends that corruption vulnerability requires urgent attention by the ICPC and FCT authorities to make the Directorate functional.
According to the report exclusively obtained by THISDAY, ICPC discovered a cumulated unremitted revenue of N997.8 million within the three years period.
The report also stated that there was no evidence of consolidated account of the directorate, and re-imbursements for advances were done at intervals without proper retirements of previous cash advances, adding that evidence of refund of unspent balance of personnel fund and capital funds could not be verified.
There were unremitted Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the tune of N463,780,897 in the year 2010, as well as a sum of N200,540,185 in the year 2011, to the treasury as revealed by the external auditors for the year 2010 and 2011 respectively. A contravention of section 16, part IV of the Financial Control and Management Act of FCT circular FCT/TRY/FUNDS/14/120 of May 4, 2009. The revenue record for 2012 examined, show that the total IGR N1,354,999,128 was realised, while only the sum of N821,032,351 was remitted to FCTA sub-treasury account domiciled with Fidelity Bank.
An examination of the external auditors report, which was signed by the directorate revealed that the sum of N333,516,395 was unremitted to the treasury in the year 2012.
“The report also revealed that there was no evidence of compliance with the 2011 submission of the directorates audited financial statement as provided by section 13 of the Auditor-General Act, 2008, which requires MDAs to submit their audited financial statement to the Office of Auditor General of the Federation (OAGF) not later than June 30 of the succeeding year.
“The teams examination of the bank statement on the revenue account with Aso Savings and Loans Plc with account number 0010551729 revealed that it had a closing balance of N126,425,149 as at December 31, 2012, which was left unremitted to the treasury.
“Also, and examination of another account with the Aso Savings and Loans, with account number 0010719084 on overhead, revealed that there was an opening balance of N23,276,722 as at January 1, 2012, an indication that the balance for the year 2011 was not remitted to the treasury, while there was a closing balance of N92,797,637 as at December 31, 2012, also an indication that the revenue was not remitted at the end of the year.