By Ekemini Simon
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has recovered N37.8m from workers in the Civil Service who may have been involved in financial crimes.
The House which made this known through the Chairman, House Committee on Public Account, Rt Hon Friday Iwok during the presentation of Audited Account of the State ending 31st December 2015.
The Abak State Constituency Member told the House that some of the affected staff have been recommended for sanction stating emphatically that the Committee will follow up to ensure compliance with the recommendation.
He recommended that appropriate sanctions should be put in place to ensure that Ministries and Agencies comply with financial regulations.
He recommended that the Accountant General of the State should cease from issuing treasury receipts in arrears to Ministries who fail to comply with the audit queries sent to them.
The Abak Spokesman also advised that the office of the Head of Service adopts relevant sections of financial regulations and civil service rules to punish those who default in audit queries sent to them. He thanked the Speaker and staff for their support during the process.
After considering the report in the Committee of the whole, the Speaker, Barr Onofiok Luke thanked members of the Public Account Committee for their commitment and the transparent manner they handled the numerous queries and for performing their duties within the law and financial regulations.
He also commended the State governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel for managing the resources of the State prudently.
The motion to ratify the report was moved by the Leader, Sir Udo Kierian and was seconded by the Deputy Leader, Mr. Aniekan Bassey.