Niger MDAs op­er­ated 400 ac­counts-Gov Bello

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

Min­istries, de­part­ments and agen­cies in Niger State op­er­ated 400 bank ac­counts, mak­ing mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol of their oper­a­tions dif­fi­cult, the state gover­nor, Al­haji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said.

He made the rev­e­la­tion while play­ing host to par­tic­i­pants of Course 24 of from the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, Abuja, who were on a study tour to the state.

He said mul­ti­pli­ca­tion of ac­counts by the state gov­ern­ment al­ways gave room for cor­rup­tion and make ac­count­abil­ity im­pos­si­ble, adding that the adop­tion of Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count (TSA) by his ad­min­is­tra­tion was aimed at re­dress­ing the ano­maly.

He said the adop­tion of TSA would check cor­rup­tion, block leak­ages, wastages and im­prove the rev­enue base of the state.

“We have adopted TSA so that we can have con­trol and ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor our ac­count. I dis­cov­ered that Niger State has 400 ac­counts. How do we mon­i­tor 400 ac­counts? MDAs open ac­counts ar­bi­trar­ily and at will, just to keep one fund or the other. That is why we have adopted TSA. There are lots of leak­ages, wastages and cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment. We have to bring it to the barest min­i­mum. Cor­rup­tion af­fects our rev­enue base. Cor­rup­tion is a se­ri­ous and in­deed the ma­jor prob­lem af­fect­ing our IGR. It slows down our IGR drive,” he said.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion would re­view the state’s tax laws with a view to ex­ploit­ing some un­tapped ar­eas and ser­vices for rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

He said such re­view had be­come nec­es­sary in view of the chal­lenges be­ing faced in In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue (IGR) gen­er­a­tion de­spite the en­gage­ment of the ser­vices of tax con­sul­tants pur­pose.

Ac­cord­ing to him, gov­ern­ment would fully ex­ploit the po­ten­tials in its ar­eas of com­par­a­tive eco­nomic ad­van­tage such as agri­cul­ture, land, min­ing and tourism to im­prove its rev­enue.

The leader of the del­e­ga­tion and Deputy Com­man­dant of the Col­lege, Ma­jor Gen­eral Abubakar Adamu Tarfa said the visi­tors were on a three-day strate­gic study tour of the state.

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The for­mer Nige­rian De­fence At­tache to Mali, Bri­gadier- Gen­eral Abubakar Sadeeq Han­nafi Sa'ad (left), be­ing dec­o­rated in Mali by the Malian Min­is­ter of De­fence, Tie­man Hu­bert Coulibaly, with one of the pres­ti­gious Malian Na­tional Hon­ours-Che­va­lier de l'or­dre Na­tional du Mali (Knight of Na­tional Or­der of Mali) in recog­ni­tion of his ser­vice and en­hanc­ing cor­dial re­la­tion­ship be­tween Nige­ria and Mali.

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