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Against the backdrop of reservations from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), plus other government agencies and parastatals hoping to get exemption from Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy, the Federal Government, on Monday, insisted on its implementation, describing those against its implementation as unscrupulous elements.

Government’s position was stated by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who advised those opposed to the policy to rather, partner with government for the success of the policy.

According to Oyo-Ita, who spoke during an official visit to the Administrative Staff College öf Nigeria, ASCON, Badagry, Lagos, the introduction of TSA will bring a lot of benefits to Nigerians, adding that those against the policy are simply being narrow-minded.

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The HOS, who expressed her worries over what she called the intention of some unscrupulous Nigerians who want to circumvent TSA implementation, said: “TSA is a global best practice for the control of government resources. All the hue and cry of being exempted from TSA is purely being done from a narrow point of view. TSA, when it is fully rolled out, is for the benefit of everybody because it is for the central control of government resources.

“I believe that all agencies, and universities should come to terms that TSA has come to stay and they should put in their best in ensuring its success. I do not see anything wrong with TSA, I’m only worried about how we Nigerians always want to apply things in our usual ways; trying to run away from control, accountability and discipline.”
Oyo-Ita also expressed concern over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget, describing it as a strange development.

“Budget padding is also new to me and to many Nigerians. I believe if there has been anything like that, there should be an investigation. But I am very sure that the issue has been properly addressed by the concerned parties,” she added.

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