Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris

BY GLORIA USMAN, ABUJA – The Federal Government through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) has announced the commencement of a comprehensive review of treasury forms and other accounting documents in all Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

This was contained in a statement by the Director Information, Press and Public Relations, in the office of the OAGF, Henshaw Ogubike, who said that the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has already inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to handle the review of the documents.

He explained that the review is in exercise of the mandate of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) under FR.107 (n) to issue officially approved forms bearing treasury numbers for use in all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure uniformity.

Speaking at the inauguration of the committee, Idris said the panel is expected to identify all treasury forms and accounting source documents presently in use and come up with new formats in line with the public financial reforms.

He also directed the committee to recommend additions or deletions of the contents, assign relevant number systems to the treasury forms and review the documents in line with GIFMIS operations.

Idris said that in carrying out the assignment, the committee should be guided by the Federal Governments quest for adoption of e-governance at all levels and the fact that all the public finance reforms initiatives being driven by the Treasury are predicated on full deployment of ICT solutions.

On the rationale for the review of the documents, Ahmed noted that the contents of the treasury forms and other accounting source documents in use are no longer relevant and useful to drive the various public finance management reforms of the Federal Government, which are mostly ICT-driven.

He said that a comprehensive review and update of the accounting source documents is therefore imperative for an efficient and successful implementation of government’s financial management reforms.

Idris reiterated the government’s resolve to ensure a successful review of the documents and therefore charged members of the committee to give the assignment all the seriousness it deserves and deliver on time.

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