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Ministry of Environment Must Explain More Than Missing 55 Vehicles – Senate

Ahmed Lawan

Ahmed Lawan

The Senate has come out to query the Ministry of Environment on how over 55 vehicles got missing from the Ministry.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo South led Senate Committee on Public Accounts recently revealed this via a statement, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, audit observed that 55 vehicles were not presented for physical inspection, and all efforts to inspect and confirm their existence proved abortive or the exact location of these vehicles could not be ascertained.

He added that the Senate is aware that some officers take ministry vehicles away with them when going on transfer or retirement, and that anomaly is because of failure on the part of the management to ensure proper record keeping due process in the Ministry.

His words, ”Audit observed that 55 vehicles were not presented for physical inspection, all efforts to inspect and confirm their existence proved abortive and the exact location of these vehicles could not be ascertained.”

“We are aware that some officers take ministry vehicles away with them when going on transfer or retirement.”

”The audit further observed that the motor vehicles Logbooks had not been updated, making it difficult to track the movement of these vehicles and track their record of maintenance. It is also noted that some official vehicles carry private plate number and registered number.”

”The above anomalies are because of failure on the part of the management to ensure proper record keeping due process in the Ministry.”

”Government vehicles may be diverted for private use, unauthorized journey may be undertaken due to lack of adherence to internal control system put in place.”

”No response was received from the Management of our report.”

”The permanent Secretary should account for the 55 vehicles not presented during the audit. He should also be sanctioned in accordance with provision of FR3129.”




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