By Obinna Chima
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, yesterday stressed that her ministry as well as the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) has always complied with the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA).
Adeosun, who said this in a statement in reaction to a report by an online news platform, described as false the report that the Federal Ministry of Finance and the OAGF failed to adhere to the FRA.
She also faulted the claim by the online medium that her ministry and the OAGF do not have an annual cash plan for every financial year for implementing the Appropriation Act.
The statement which was signed by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Oluyinka Akintunde, added: â€œThe minister wishes to unambiguously refute the entire misconceived report by the online medium and states that both the Federal Ministry of Finance and the OAGF have always complied with the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) as required by Section 22 of the FRA.
â€œThe OAGF has always prepared a cash plan for payment on a daily and month basis as well as revised it periodically. Both cash payment plan and revised plan are presented to the Cash Management Committee presided over by the Minister of Finance.
â€œMembers of the Cash Management Committee include: the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Accountant General of the Federation, Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Director of Cash Management Department in the Federal Ministry of Finance, a representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and some support staff from the Ministry, OAGF and Budget Office.
â€œThe minister further wishes to elucidate that the federal governmentâ€™s cash payment platform, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), makes it mandatory that a cash plan must be in place.
â€œThis implies that the cash plan must be prepared, reviewed and finalised on the GIFMIS before any disbursement could be made whether personnel, overheads or capital expenditure related.
â€œThe decisions on disbursement to projects are also taken and approved by the Cash Management Committee.â€