The Senate has sustained a query issued against the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital over an alleged spending of N167m without following due process.
The Senate Public Accounts Committee chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide relied on the 2016 report of the Auditor General for the Federation to take its decision at its last sitting on Friday.
The AuGF had established an alleged mismanagement of public funds totalling N167m against the UITH in Kwara State.
The AuGF in its report claimed that the UITH allegedly paid N63m into the accounts of its officials to carry out procurement related activities.
The report noted that relevant guidelines stipulated that procurement in such category must not exceed N200,000.
In another query considered by the committee concerning the UITH said payment vouchers totaling N94m were not supported with relevant documents.
The first query read, “A total of N63,995,618 was paid to officers to carry out procurement-related activities in excess of the approved limit of N200,000.
“Considering the amounts involved, relevant due process should have been followed by issuing local purchase order or job order to contractors.
“The management did not take into cognizance the provision of Circular No. TRY/A2 &B2/2009 of 24th March, 2009.
“The circular states that, all accounting officers and officers controlling expenditure are to ensure that all local procurement of stores and services costing above N200,000.00 shall be made only through award of contract.”
The Chief Medical Director was reported to have said the nature of the hospital’s operation may not permit strict compliance with the threshold, especially in emergency cases involving life.
The report added that several cases of abuse of internal controls were observed.