Seven years after it was created, the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has yielded more than 30 trillion turnover for the Federal Government, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Idris Ahmed, said yesterday.
He told reporters on the sideline of a study visit by Gambian delegates to Abuja, that the turnover was in terms of transactions.
Ahmed, who was represented by the Director of Funds in the Office of the AGF, Mohammed K. Usman, said: “From 2012 when we started the full implementation of the TSA, and if you are looking at the volume of transactions, I think you will be looking at something in the region of N30 trillion; that is in terms of transaction volume, not in terms of balances or anything. So, if we are looking at turnover, it should be over N30 trillion.”
The TSA, he said, “is a fluid account and so, it will be difficult to state specifically how much is in the account at any point in time”.
He said The Gambians have a lot to learn from Nigeria’s public finance management initiatives.
Speaking earlier on controversy over bringing foreign missions into the TSA, Finance Minister Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said the government was considering another option of capturing all accruals by foreign missions to into a single account.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Ahmed admitted that bringing in revenue generated in different currencies by foreign missions has been one of the major challenges facing the full implementation of the TSA.
To address the challenge, the finance minister said: “The government is looking at a different option to interface with TSA for foreign missions.”
She told the visitors that with the introduction of TSA, balances in the account are regularly reconciled.
She also urged The Gambians to take advantage of their two-week study stay to visit some states in the country that have implemented a different variant of the TSA from the Federal Government.
The Permanent Secretary in The Gambian Ministry of Finance & National Planning, Madam Ada Gaye, said they were in the country to learn from how Nigeria has managed its TSA as part of the public finance reforms taking place in her country, especially the monitoring of funds.
Also speaking, the Accountant General of The Gambia Mr. Momodou Lamin Bah, said they were in Nigeria to understudy TSA management, having being told by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Nigeria’s TSA was a reference point for other African countries to rely on to develop their own TSA.