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Abuja  – The Federal Government on Thursday said it has saved N10 trillion following the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) since 2015.

Treasury Single Account (TSA) could be described as part of the Economic Reform Programme of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to facilitate a unified structure of government bank account for all government transactions.

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The system of accounting is part of campaign for zero-tolerance for corruption.


The government also pegged the current number of its workforce at 720,000, a feat it claimed was achieved through reforms instituted since 2015.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Dasuki Arabi, gave the figures while commenting on reforms initiated by his agency at the 42nd session of the media briefing coordinated by the Presidential Media Team at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

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Speaking on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), he said about 70,000 ghost workers have been eliminated from the payroll system.

He said, “We have a one shot opportunity to look at IPPIS and say, as at today, we have 720,000 public servants working for Nigeria.

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This is a great achievement which I think we need to encode and we need to get it celebrated by all of us.

 “We’ve been able to reduce more than N220 billion wastage through wrong management of IPPIS on payroll by ministries, departments and agencies of government. We have reduced the budget deficits and change the budget composition.

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 We have succeeded in getting the Treasury Single Account deployed in all ministries, departments and agencies of government.

“Challenges have come in that implementation at the initial stage, but we are overcoming that and government is able to save over N10 trillion over the years because whatever you’re generating now goes into a treasury single account that is managed by somebody else, not you.

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And government, especially at the top is always able to see what has come into our treasury single account today and what has gone out of that.

“So planning has been simplified. Budgeting has been simplified. Our distribution and allocation of resources have been simplified and streamlined.

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“Transparency has been improved. A lot of things are done even outside the office.

But the most important thing is the ability given to central agencies, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, and the Ministry of Finance to see what is happening in all ministries, departments and agencies of government because, Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) is not controlled by the agencies.

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“It is controlled by the central agencies but every activity you are doing under GIFMIS somebody is watching you and is monitoring that activity.

This is a great achievement for us and for all of you and for all Nigerians.

“There is better access to information on finances in this country. Whatever you do, somebody’s watching you and somebody can request and get those information.

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 International rating agencies standards and co have more confidence in Nigeria now because they have access to information and data that they were not able to get before this time”.

Arabi also gave some reasons why the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) is fraught with discrepancies, leading to complaints of ineffectiveness.

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He said part of the challenges are due to loans incurred by civil servants, which has to be reconciled with the new payment platform. He, however, admitted that there were some administrative lapses on the part of government in the payroll system, but assured that those challenges were being addressed.

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His explanations came against the backdrop of rejection of the IPPIS by unions within the university system, especially the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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Recall that ASUU stated recently that its rejection of the IPPIS payment platform had been justified with the allegation of fraud levelled at the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who was alleged to have embezzled over N80 billion from the service.

The BPSR Director General said most of the public servants complaining of inefficiency in the IPPIS were consulted personally before the policy took effect.

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“On deductions and complaints around IPPIS, you know, we just started from the pilot ministries, six, we went to 10, then because of the push by the international community, especially the development partners, who are really eager to get Nigeria at par with other nations.

“I remember, I am privileged to be part of the team that started the discussion around IPPIS and we were able to get different sectors of the public service to come and have meetings and discussions with us to understand their various cadre within the field, their pay structure, their responsibilities and all these have been taken care of.

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“Along the line, there are some new creations and I think there are some omissions, which government is addressing, but I would not take this complaints that there are deductions like that, it cannot be arbitrary.

For every deductions that is done, there is justification for that. And if there are problems, they are identified and will be rectified.

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“Quite a number of our colleagues, some may have taken lots of loans that may have committed them, deductions are being made left, right and centre.

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 So I want to assure you and the person that complained to you, that government is addressing some of these problems”.

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Commenting on the disposition of some civil servants to service delivery, Arabi said such acts are highly condemnable.

He said such lapses will be addressed when an assessment mechanism for gauging workers performance comes on stream fully.

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“Every agency of government that is created is to serve a purpose. So they have a mandate.

They have a vision and for anybody to say there is nothing for him to do, possibly he doesn’t want to make himself relevant.

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“That is part of the things that we are trying to address, a lot of culture re-orientation.

To get people to understand why they must deliver service, regardless of the condition they find themselves in their ministry, department or agency of government.

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“If one says there is no work, I know for sure there is work to do. But I want to assure you that government is doing quite a lot to improve the conditions of our offices.

“We are trying to deliver service, that means to institutionalise succession planning, mentorship and performance management.

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 If this claim that some say they don’t have work to do, hence won’t report for duties is true, with the introduction of performance management which will come into effect by beginning of next year, promotions and everything will be done based on your performance.

“So even if there’s no work, you should struggle to look for work, so that we justify our existence in the ministry,” he stated.

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