FG takes new decision on TSA after incurring N16bn service charge

The Federal Government has in the last two years incurred over N16 billion as service charge on payments made to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, via the Treasury Single Account, TSA, platform.

Disclosing that the Federal Government had since the inception of the TSA been bearing the cost of transmission of funds, the government stated that such transaction cost would no longer be borne by the payers.
The Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Mr. Idris Ahmed, stated the new position yesterday in a statement issued by Mr. Johnson Oise, Director of Press, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, OAGF.
Ahmed said, “Within the last two years, government spent almost N16 billion in this direction which ordinarily should be borne by those making payments.
“So, it is time for Nigerians to pay for the services that they receive and government will take whatever is due to it without necessarily incurring cost.
“In the old tariff regime, the Federal Government bore the charges on all transactions to the service providers on behalf of payers.”
Ahmed noted that a lot of sensitisation had been done to give enough room to understand the new tariff regime and for compliance, adding that the charges were minimal and negotiable.
He said: “By negotiable, I mean by introduction of more players in the market, definitely the charges will come down from whatever they are now, but right now, discussions are going on to make the charges as minimal as possible.
“We are liberalising the market and it has to be a level playing field for all operators to operate and that is what will happen.”
The AGF said that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as the regulator which stipulates the rates of the charges, would always intervene if any service provider charges beyond the approved rate.
The TSA is a public accounting system using a single account, or a set of linked accounts by government to ensure that all revenue receipts and payments are done through a Consolidated Revenue Account, CRA, at the CBN.
The scheme, which commenced in 2012, uses a unified structure of accounting for MDAs to ensure accountability and transparency in public fund management.

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