The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris has urged the Support Staff and others using Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs to utilise the benefit of the project and report any challenge they could face on the full Implementation.
Speaking through M. K Usman Director Inspectorate Department OAGF, at the Interactive session on GIFMIS Post Go-Iive dialogue in Treasury House Abuja recently, the AGF disclosed that the overall objective of GIFMIS interactive session is to handover necessary information and expertise to the internal support Staff for better performance in various MDAs.
He stated that Government will not rest until it achieves an enhanced quality and quantity of services delivered to the people of Nigeria by effectiveness of Public expenditure, adding that they will report back to this Office on 1st March, 2017 for other assignments.
Mr Idris further noted that the Office will organise one day retreat on the 28th February, 2017 at the Office GIFMIS training Centre at the 6th floor at the Treasury House, while urging them to feel free to tell the truth to enable the Office to advice Government accordingly on how to solve challenges where they exist.
The GIFMIS Project Manager, Mugabe Desto also informed the Stakeholders that there is need to support Government initiatives such as TSA Implementation and GIFMIS because these PFM reforms helps Government to improve the System for easier processing of payments. He further emphasized that they have to interact with all the various MDAs on different occasions on how to manage the application effectively and to get feedback as well as strengthening areas of gaps.
In his own Presentation, the DFA State House, Mr Bashir Nura Alkali FCA, FCTI, AMNIM Stated that the State House, has successfully covered the full cycle of procurement process, the Receivables and the Cash Management while the Stock Management and Asset are still on-going, adding that current challenges are internet connectivity issues at the MDAs level leading to downtime and non regular availability of Fund at the TSA as well as update of Vendors/ Suppliers profile with the FIRS.
According to him, the way forward is to create enabling environment for the Support Officers, urging all the MDAs to join hands together to make full GIFMIS Implementation a success.
Also speaking, the GIFMIS Support Officer Dmo Olufunke Odutunwase Victoria, also enumerated some challenges on the field such as: the delay in the process of updating Supplier’s account details at FIRS and processing payments in the banking system, Resistance by some MDAs to use full functionalities, Automatic rejection of all taxes paid to Commercial Banks through the system, Wrong payment feedback from the gateway and Internal and external postings of trained GIFMIS users.
Other Papers Presented were GIFMIS System Performance by DFA OHCSF, GIFMIS Change Management by DFA Water Resources, Leading GIFMIS Implementation at MDA level by DFA – Niger Delta.
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