AGF Deploys Directors Revenue to MDA
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the posting of Treasury officers to key Revenue generating Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government to serve as Directors of Revenue and Investments Departments.
Mr.Idris made this revelation recently in Abuja, while playing host to the President and Council members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) who were at the Treaury House on a courtesy visit.
“As part of our roles as drivers of the reforms in the public finance sector and in line with the present government’s commitment to diversify sources of income, strengthen controls as well as boost revenue generation of Government, the Treasury has come up with a restructing of its functions and departments which will ensure that Treasury officers are assigned to these key Revenue Generating Agencies, such as NPA, NIMASA, CBN, NNPC, NCS, NCC and FIRS etc” said the AGF.
According to the AGF “Government is not unmindful of the level of revenue leakages in some of these key revenue generating Agencies and has come with this policy that will ensure that Treasury officers take charge of these revenues so that they can be tracked and accounted for using ICT tools and automation platforms. The government has also approved that the tenure of the Heads of these Agencies will be performance based in line with revenue targets sets out for them”
He therefore called on ICAN and other profesional Accounting Bodies in the country to support Governments efforts by coming up with more scientific strategies that will enable government generate more revenue, as well as reduce the level of financial corruption in the public and private sectors of the Nations economy.
The AGF also emphasized that the development of the Country can only be made possible when there is a continued growth in the revenue base and resources of the Country, saying the current situation where resources of government are dwindling owing to dependence on oil and graft is not acceptable and cannot guarantee sustained development.
He however commended ICAN for successfully completing their pet project, the Accountability Index, describing it as step in the right direction in institutionalizing the culture of accountability in public finace management among the three tiers of government. The AGF pledged the continued support of the Treasury to ICAN and other Professional bodies towards strengthening the public finance managment on the country.
Earlier the President of ICAN, Alhaji Razak Adeleke Jaiyeola, expressed ICAN’s appreciation to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) for “the invaluable technical support” to the institute towards the publication of the inaugural report of the ICAN Accountability Index, released in October 2018.
Alhaji Jaiyeola, also commended the OAGF for the successful implementation of the various Public Finance Reform initiatives such as the TSA, describing it as a veritable tool for effective monitoring of government finances.
Oise D Johnson
Head Press and Public Relations (OAGF)