Ambode approves treasury single account for Lagos’ transactions

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Mr.-Akinwunmi-Ambode-360x225Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the operation of a single account in the state effective from September 1.

The development, it was learnt, was part of efforts to efficiently improve on the processes of revenue generation and collection as well as ensure proper accountability and transparency in all government accrued revenues.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary/Accountant General, Mrs. Abimbola Umar, said the government took the decision to address the challenges previously faced with the operation of the multiple account system.

Ambode said the operation of a Treasury Single Account (TSA), aside providing transparency and accountability, would also encourage tax payers to request for a single account before making their payments.

Mrs. Umar added that the development was in line with the objective of the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all government revenue accrues to one consolidated account.

“All the affected revenue collecting banks have been mandated to immediately close all the existing multiple revenue accounts domiciled in their banks to give room for a single revenue accounting system in line with the Accountability and Transparency Policy of the current administration.

“With this development, it is expected that all parastatals, local governments and establishments will commence the operation of the TSA on September 1, 2015,” the governor was quoted as saying in the statement.

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