Senate’s move  to investigate the Service Wide Votes (SWV) was sequel to the  discovery that many agencies of government collected Fund from SWV without recourse to the National Assembly Panels that is mandated by law to oversight the agencies .

Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on  Public Accounts,  Senator Matthew Urhoghide, explained that the Investigation has to do with disbursement of Service Wide Votes between 2017 to 2021 adding the Service Wide Votes has become major component of nation’s budget considering amount budgeted annually for it in the budget.

According to him, if any  agency   fails to appear,  the Committee would not hesitate to issue warrant of arrest on the head of the agency against the backdrop that  it has been discovered that many agencies collected this fund without informing the National Assembly Committee that is  saddled with the responsibility of over sighting  the agency.

Senator Urhoghide who noted that the Senate  will not tolerate the absence of Galaxy Backbone, Ministry of Interior, Budget Office , State House , NBET who are scheduled to appear before the committee, said that Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) collected N180 billion from the votes , NBET collected N2.9 billion and Ministry of Humanitarian , received N445 billion from the Votes.

Among the 252 Ministries , Departments and Agencies that are expected to appear before the Committee in the  ongoing Investigation of Service Wide Votes between 2017 till 2021 are Ministry of Information and Culture; Defence , NHIS, Police , Ministry of Power , Bank of Industry; Water Resources , National Assembly, Public Complaint Commission (PCC), Directorate of State Service (DSS) and the Presidential Amnesty Programme.