The Fiscal Responsibility Commission has alleged that the Federal Road Safety Corps is yet to remit N5.1bn into the Federation Account from 2016 to 2019.
FRC made the allegation in Abuja at the ongoing public hearing on 2022 to 2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.
The public hearing is organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance.
The official of the FRC said that there was no evidence that the FRSC remitted the money as claimed, adding that the non remittance was gotten from audited financial report.
But FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, in a swift reaction, said that he was prepared to give evidence of the remittances, while urging the committee to give FRSC the requisite time to reconcile with the FRC.
He said that there had been no budgetary provision for the production of number plates since inception of the scheme.
According to him, some of the machines to produce number plates were funded from the proceeds of operating surpluses.
He stated that what the corps remitted to the Federation Account was what it got after production of number plates.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee had earlier called on the FRC to substantiate the claim made by FRSC that it had remitted the said amount.
The chairman of the committee, Rep James Faleke, had stated that the biggest problem confronting the country was revenue generation, which he described as “appalling.”
“We saw where agency is spending N3bn above its income; we saw where they spend money not budgeted for.
“Where this committee sees it necessary, we will expunge unnecessary budgetary provision in order to shore up revenue for the country to forestall unnecessary borrowing,” he said.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.