The Senate Public Accounts Committee has declared that its investigations so far revealed that civil servants are the ones responsible for the misappropriation of public funds and are more corrupt than the political class.
The Senate panel, which is the only standing committee of the red chamber recognised by the Nigerian constitution, is currently scrutinising the report of the Auditor General of the Federation from 2015 to 2018.
The AuGF report was based on the audit carried out on the accounts of federal ministries, departments and agencies.
Urhoghide lamented that findings by his panel so far revealed that the worst form of corruption, which he tagged, “institutional corruption,” was taking place in the civil service.
“Let me say this, we are in a clime where accusations are quick to be made, where people are quick to to condemn, particularly against the political class.
“Everybody believes that any evil that happens in Nigeria is perpetrated by the politicians or the political class but we keep telling them that all the political parties put together, in terms of membership, are not up to 10 per cent of the Nigerian population. So, we do not form the greater majority of our population as a country.
“Findings by our committee have revealed that the public wealth stolen from the system were not stolen by politicians.
“We have uncovered billions of naira stolen from the accounts of the MDAs. How many politicians have that kind of money?