Accolades for FG as Okolieaboh lists benefits of TSA’s full implementation

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(L-R) Momodou Lamin Bah, Accountant General, Republic of Gambia; Sylva Okolieaboh, Director, Treasury Single Account (TSA); Abayomi Oniku, Divisional Head, Public Service Sector, SystemSpecs Limited; Professor Oludare Osibote, Legal and Financial Consultant, Dammy Stephen Chambers and Ada Gaye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Republic of Gambia at the ongoing TSA workshop organised by the FG to enable the understudying of the policy by the Republic of Gambia

Applause in resounding order have continued to trail the implementation of the Treasury Single Account by the present administration of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The TSA Director, Sylva Okolieaboh during a capacity building session with the delegates from Gambia, on Wednesday, 15th May in Abuja, eulogised President Muhammadu Buhari whom he said deserves all the commendation for ensuring that the policy becomes a reality after years of planning and preparation.

The session which was aimed at familiarising the Gambians with the rigours and efforts invested by the Nigerian government and the payment gateway responsible for the smooth operation of the TSA, is part of activities lined up for the two-week study tour of the TSA in Nigeria by the government of Gambia.

Okolieaboh had during Monday’s opening session, told journalists that government’s support has been excellent and 100 percent, in that the president himself has done everything possible to see that the policy takes flight and remains afloat.

Speaking today at the enlightenment session, he explained that Government is committed to the reform such that it even holds so many unplanned benefits like job opportunities and revenue generation for individuals and organisations.

He pointed out that though the TSA reform has today become the cynosure of other African countries, it was however not without a painstaking effort at enforcing compliance from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

According to him, ”Following the order by the President to MDAs to comply with the policy, we worked assiduously to ensure that the mandate was achieved in no more than two weeks. The rigour of executing this project belies its inherent complexities. It took painstaking efforts from the Presidency, Minister of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation and other stakeholders to assuage the strain of the change on agencies thus making it as seamless as possible.”

Meanwhile, the Remita gateway has been described as an important tool that serves as a passageway for the Treasury Single Account.

Explaining how Remita connects to the Central Bank, commercial banks, micro-finance banks, card schemes and digital wallets in ensuring that authorized financial institutions and schemes can partake in the national payment scheme, Demola Igbalajobi, Divisional Head, Remita International Business, stated that the Remita payment gateway plays a very indispensable role in Nigeria’s TSA.

The role he said, ranges from bridging between government systems and the financial ecosystem, securing integration with the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) of Nigeria, providing an indelible electronic invoice for every collection transaction, to giving Government full oversight of its cash inflows and outflows amongst many others.

Igbalajobi commended Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and stakeholders for their unwavering commitment, understanding and collaboration as well as their trust on the payment gateway technology and reliance on the solution provider, SystemSpecs.

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