The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Thursday gave the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun 30 days to return to federation account the sum of N11. 2 million, of which part was allegedly cornered by officials of the Ministry under the guise of organizing a seminar for some stakeholders in an unnamed location in the country.
Of the total sum, N4.980million was allegedly used for the seminar, while the other part, N6. 252 million was claimed by the Ministry as withholding taxes it deducted from payments to contractors in 2010, but were not remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as required by law.
The committee therefore requested for immediate refund of the amount and receipts of remittances to the FIRS, with evidences forwarded to it within the stipulated period.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government is building enduring foundation for national and economic growth and it will not be dissuaded in the process.
The minister stated this on Thursday in Lagos at the Aviation Safety Roundtable with the theme, “Aviation as a Catalyst for Economic Growth’’.
He said the government was passionate and committed to reviving the nation’s infrastructure which had gone bad over the years including those of the aviation sector.
Mohammed, who was reacting to series of challenges identified by stakeholders as facing the development of the sector, noted that solutions lied in collaboration and regular engagements.