Contrary to impression created in the media that The Single Treasury Account (TSA), was an initiative of the President Muhammadu Buhari, ministers who served under the last administration have revealed it was former President Jonathan’s brain child to curb corruption.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had recently ordered all ministries and departments of government to pay all government revenues into The Single Treasury Account (TSA).
The former ministers in a statement issued in Abuja, which was signed by former Minister for National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, noted that “It was also the Jonathan administration that supported the
institutional development of strong systems and mechanisms to curb corruption in the public service and plug revenue leakages.
“These included the development of the Government Integrated Financial Management Platform, The Single Treasury Account (TSA), and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Management Systems (IPPIS), in
addition to the biometric registration of civil servants and pensioners which saved the country over N100 billion paid to ghost workers and ghost pensioners”, the ministers revealed.
Speaking further, they disclosed that “To ensure greater transparency and
integrity in the oil and gas sector, the Jonathan administration ordered investigations and put mechanisms in place to check the theft of Nigeria’s crude oil.
“It was also under the Jonathan administration that a Nigerian Content policy was introduced, which opened up that sector to Nigerians in a manner that was not previously the case.
“It was also the Jonathan administration that mobilized and secured the support of our neighbouring countries to ensure a robust multinational response to
the menace of terrorism and insurgency, resulting in notable advancements in the fight against terror.
“President Jonathan personally initiated the collaboration that led to these advancements and ensured that Nigeria provided the needed financial support for the Multinational Joint Task Force”, the ministers observed.
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