The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Alhaji Ahmed Idris on Thursday said that the Federal Government would accord special attention to security including the police and the armed forces in the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
He said the measure had become necessary to ensure that they continue to successfully deliver on their mandates.
Speaking while receiving the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase who paid him a courtesy visit, he said the security of lives and property was one of cardinal agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
His latest assurance confirmed reports that some agencies were being considered for exemption from the TSA, although authorities had denied the reports.
Idris said his office was aware of the enormous responsibility facing the security agencies in contending with armed robbery, insurgency, kidnapping and other vices, adding that it would ensure that the release of monies required for the execution of all special operations aimed at overcoming these evils was not in any way affected by the implementation of the TSA.
He said the Treasury Single Account was not meant to hamper to activities of MDAs, but rather to entrench a more transparent, efficient and robust management of public funds that will ensure the speedy realisation of Government plans and programmes.
He, however, commended the Police for complying with the directive on the TSA and urged them to embrace more scientific and electronic means for transacting their businesses.
He explained that the era of carrying money in Ghana-Must–Go bags to payment points was gone, adding that the TSA would complement the already existing electronic platforms.
Earlier, Arase commended the Office of the Accountant General for its support to the MDAs, particularly the Nigerian Police in the implementation of the Treasury Single Account.
He Solicited the support of the Accountant General of the Federation in the sustaining their special operations on counter-terrorism and other crimes as well as early settlement of staff salaries.