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A’Ibom govt denies extra budgetary expenditure in 2019

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By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom state government has denied the allegation that it fraudulently made extra budgetary expenditure running into billions of Naira in the 2019 budget.

The government was reacting to an investigative report supported by John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

The report published in a state-based newspaper and some online news platforms indicated that government made outrageous extra budgetary expenses in 2019.

According to the report, top government officials were engaged in acts of corruption, even as government incurred over 10billion on aircraft maintenance, purchase of cars, special projects and governor’s hospitality, among others. But the government said that the findings arrived at and published in the report was based on an unauthentic source.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong, in a press conference on Wednesday, said  that there were typical errors in the first budget. 

”The authentic version, which was sent to the legislature and the Auditor General were inputed on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) platform, and agrees with the details supplied.

”It is, therefore, startling to find an extensive ‘investigative’ publication -based on a spurious report, which has similar cover design with the authentic report.  “As a government, we take financial reporting very seriously and have consistently complied with the IPSAS requirement, though generally acknowledged as cumbersome, due to its uncommon coding system”.

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