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SINGLE ACCOUNT: Buhari Threatens MDAs

President Muhammadu Buhari Threatens To Deal With Ministries, Departments And Agencies That Fail To Comply With His Order On Revenue Lodgments Into A Single Account By September 15


Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government that fail to comply with the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, and pay every revenue accruing to the federation into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) maintained at the Central Bank of Nigeria, will, from September 15, have themselves to blame.

This marching order was handed down yesterday to the MDAs by Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, who said that the President’s order, handed out on August 7, was being observed in breach by some of the MDAs. According to Kifasi, those who fail to adhere to the order by September 15, will face sanctions.

A statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the new order was contained in a circular issued by Kifasi.

According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari has set a deadline of Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for full compliance with his directive that all revenue due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies must be paid into the Treasury Single Account  (TSA) or designated accounts maintained and operated in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), except otherwise expressly approved.

“A circular issued to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi urged the MDAs to ensure strict compliance with the
deadline to avoid sanctions.

“The circular – HCSF/428/S.1/125 of September 4, 2015 noted that a number of MDAs were yet to comply with Circular Ref. No. HCSF/428/S.1/120 of August 7, 2015 which conveyed President Buhari’s original directive on the payment of all Federal Government revenue into a Treasury Single Account”.

He quoted the circular as saying: “In this regard, His Excellency, Mr. President has directed that all MDAs are to comply with the instructions on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) unfailingly by Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

“Heads of MDAs and other arms of Government are enjoined to give this Circular the widest circulation and ensure strict compliance to avoid sanctions”.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has launched a “ Capacity Building Programme” for Public servants. The twin programmes tagged “Structured Mandatory Assessment -Based Training Programme (SMAT P) and Leadership Enhancement And Development Programme (LEADP)” has the overall objective to address the challenges of capacity and leadership deficit in the public service.

Osinbajo listed out the core values to include Professionalism, Responsiveness, Commitment, Innovation and Research Oriented. The Programme which was initiated by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, is focused on how to develop capacity and competence of public servants.


-Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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