Government Financial Transactions Open to the Public, Says AGF
James Emejo and Sonia Mayomi in Abuja
The Federation’s Accountant General, Mr. Ahmed Idris, said information on financial transactions of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) is now readily available and can be easily viewed by the public.
This, he said, was made possible by the recently launched Open Transparency Portal (OTP) by the federal government.
The AGF made this known by addressing the Board of Directors of the Federal University of Technology of Akure,
led by the institution’s pro chancellor / chairman of the board, Dr Godknows Igali, who paid him a courtesy call.
Idris said: “Thanks to the Treasury’s open portal, agencies’ financial transactions can be clearly seen by anyone who wants their spending model, funding, and the authority behind a specific spending.
“Interested individuals, organizations and investigative agencies can now access the Open Transparency Portal (OTP) and see for themselves all the information they need regarding spending models.”
While recounting the successes recorded by the various government financial management reform initiatives, Idris noted that the OTP had further demonstrated the federal government’s commitment to transparency, accountability and effective management of public finances.
In a statement issued by OAGF’s Director of Information, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Henshaw Ogubike, he congratulated the institution’s president and board members on their appointment and expressed his optimism that their presence on the board of directors will bring added value to a significant extent to the development of the institution.
In its response to a request from the Board of Governors for a partnership with the Treasury, AGF stressed that such a partnership would be beneficial for both organizations.
He said OAGF officials would sit with key institution staff to define effective partnership strategies and expressed his office’s willingness to let the institution use the Treasury Academy, Orozo, as a center. Abuja Studies.
Igali, however, said in his response that the council will work hard to discharge the president’s accusation that universities should solve the problems.
He congratulated Idris for the successes recorded in the implementation of the various reform initiatives and proposed a close working relationship between the university and the treasury.