BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, has charged newly posted Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) State Support Officers not to get compromised at their new duty posts.
Idris, who gave the charge at a meeting with the Federal Pay Officers and newly posted GIFMIS State Support Officers in Abuja, said that as part of the Federal Government’s measures to strengthen GIFMIS Support for better effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery to MDA end-users, GIFMIS Support and master data administration has been decentralised to bring support closer to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Represented by the Director Funds, Mr. Mohammed Kudu Usman, the AGF said to this effect, GIFMIS Support Teams have been deployed to resume at the Federal Pay Offices of the 36 States of the Federation with immediate effect to provide the required Technical Support to the MDAs.
GIFMIS is one of the economic reforms of the Federal Government that provides a foundation upon which different Public Financial Management reforms will be anchored on.
With the advancement of IT, GIFMIS implementation will facilitate the Federal Government’s quest for greater transparency in its operation towards the achievement of Vision 2020.
According to him; “This will increase the speed at which decisions are taken and services delivered to the general public as well as reduce opportunities for corruption and ensure safety of public resources. “GIFMIS Implementation will enable the Federal Government process financial transactions faster and at a much lower cost. It will also improve the reliability of management information.”
In his remarks, the GIFMIS Project manager, Mr Desteo Mugabi said the posting of GIFMIS support Team marks a major milestone in the Treasury’s quest to reposition public finance management in the country. He further stated that this move will help in assisting users to improve their use of store management.
Also speaking, the Director Sub-Treasury of the Federation, Dr. Danladi Zubairu charged the Federal Pay Officers to accept, mentor and guide the GIFMIS Support Staff posted to them, as well as give them the necessary wherewithal to work with, so as to achieve the purpose for which they were posted.
Similarly, the Project Officer, Mr. Arab Kolo, advised the officers to always put the nation above their personal interest so as to help build a nation that we can all be proud of.