Niger MDAs operated 400 accounts-Gov Bello
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.
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.