The federal government has revealed the cause of the fire incident that broke out at the Treasury House, a building housing the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Speaking with journalists at the site of the incident on Wednesday, Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget and Planning, said the fire was caused by a spark in one of the air conditioners (AC) on the fourth floor.
The minister also denied rumors that the federal government was attempting to cover up any financial wrongdoing, adding that they are yet to take an inventory of what was destroyed in the fire.
The minister added that the fire did not destroy any record and all government’s financial transactions were intact.
He said: “We have gone round the rooms and offices where the fire affected, and I am glad to report that our data Centre where all our records are kept are fully intact.
“There is no destruction, so we haven’t lost any record. As a government I want to assure you that our records are intact, a few documents are burnt, we haven’t started recovery to check what actually burnt, but all our financial transactions are intact.
“We would be doing a full-scale investigation using the right professionals to determine exactly what happened.”
Also speaking, Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said a “thorough” investigation will be carried otut on the incident.
“For emphasis, our data Centre is intact, no harm in any way except for the cooling system which we are now working hard to put back to operation,” Idris said.
“We are also glad there is no casualty.”