Nduka Chiejina, Abuja
THE Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, got a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday on the country’s daily income and expenditure.
He was asked to create an Open Treasury Portal (OTP) where information on financial transactions would be provided every day.
Buhari spoke through the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, at the launch of the Federal Government financial transparency policy/open-treasury portal in Abuja.
The President told the AGF that the treasury was required to publish this information unfailingly.
Though the idea of publishing accruals to and withdrawals from the nation’s purse was muted in 2018, only a handful of government officials had access to the information.
“The government”, he said, “has committed to full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 so that government-held data-sets can be availed and used by the media and the public at large….