TSA Implementation: N10tr Saved So Far By FG – AGF Idris

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BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris has said that the Federal Government’s revenue collection and transfers via the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has reached N10 trillion.

Idris, who stated this when the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita led her team to the Treasury House for a meeting on Peer Review Mechanism of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), also said that about N450 billion is being saved monthly in interest while N50 billion revenue from funds is mopped out from Money Deposit Banks (DMBs).

Presenting the report on behalf of the OAGF, Director of Information Technology Department, Afolabi Ajayi, said that the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel System platform (IPPIS) by the Federal Government across 506 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, MDA saved the government N288 billion between April 2007 when IPPIS commenced to February 2018.

Ajayi said with a staff strength of 344,625 across MDAs fully enrolled into federal government Integrated Payroll and Personnel System platform (IPPIS), the government paid N49, 071, 959.15 salary as at September, 2018.

He further said; “TSA remains a part of the strategic priorities (Pillar 3) of the National Strategy for public service reforms and one of the public financial management reforms. There are currently 1, 6674 MDAs on the TSA.

In his words, AGF Ahmed Idris said, “Worldwide, peer review mechanism has proven to be the best means of comparative self-assessment by entities having common goals on a mutually agreed standard criteria. It’s a means through which organisations identify common challenges and map out best strategy.

“Peer review is the sharing of ideas and experience amongst MDAs with a view to improving service delivery for actualising government policies and programs and the greater progress and development of the nation. 

“The thematic areas outlined to drive the review are dynamic, robust and directly linked to the federal civil service   strategy and implantations plan for 2017-2020.”

Idris told the Head of Service that the his office is fully digitalised with all its functions hinging on IT and infrastructure, adding that Treasury staff and hose driving public finance reforms initiatives were ICT literate and complaint.

He further said; “These reform initiatives include the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), IPPIS, TSA, E-collection, Asset Tracking Management Project (ATMP) and modernised Internal Audit functions and revenue tracking mechanism and among others.

“It’s gratifying to inform the HOS of the Federation that conscious of finding constrains across MDAs, we have ingeniously attracted both public and corporate organisations to actively partake in our developmental efforts. In this regard, we have earned a lot of support from several entities by way of corporate social responsibility. 

“This culminated to huge transformation at FTA, Ozoro and establishment of a state-of art staff clinic at the treasury house.”

In her remarks, Mrs. Oyo-Ita applauded the AGF for the implementation of IPPIS, saying that more funds would be saved by the government by the time impending mop up exercise is concluded across MDAs.

“HOS has gotten a lot from AGF IPPIS, and by the time we complete ongoing human resources and through with the mop up, the saving will be more than N200 billion. We are still going to do more mop up for those that are yet to captured on IPPIS,” Oyo-Ita said.

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