President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why the Treasury Single Account was opened by his administration.
Buhari made this call on Tuesday, November 30, at the third National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector.
According to the President, the TSA was opened to address irregularities; ensure accountability; curb the incessant number of accounts; and enable the tracking of all government revenues.
Buhari said, “When we came into government, we found out that some institutions had hundreds of accounts. How can the Accountant General trace them?
“So, we introduced the Treasury Single Account so that all revenues will be followed and directed to it. This is a very positive way of making sure that revenues can be traced to Treasury Single Account and therefore be accounted for.”
The President speaking on ways to address the critical challenge of the high cost of governance; vowed that all ghost workers will be severely punished; and those who have engaged in illegal recruitments and those who pad their personal payrolls.
He said further that, “Government has noted that some MDAs have devised fraudulent practice of presenting new projects as ongoing projects.”
Buhari promised that necessary action and sanctions will continue against the heads of such erring MDAs.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha also at the event affirmed that the current administration is determined to curb unnecessary expenditure hence reducing the cost of governance touted as a major contribution to corruption in the country.
Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has advised the Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members yet to take COVID-19 vaccination to do so without further delay.
Ibrahim gave the directive at the state permanent orientation camp, Wailo, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, November 30, during the swearing-in ceremony of Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members.
The NYSC chief, represented by the state Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, said the vaccine would go a long way in keeping the corps members safe from COVID-19.
The Federal Government has made the presentation of evidence of the vaccination a prerequisite for civil servants to access public offices from December 1.
“I, therefore, encourage those of you, who are yet to take the vaccine; to do so without further delay as the rule could apply to corps members; in their places of primary assignment.
“Of greater significance is the fact that the vaccine will keep you safe.
“We are already in touch with relevant authorities to ensure that the vaccines are made available to you; in the course of this programme”, he said.