01 October 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal Government says it exempted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and twelve other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, from the Treasury Single Account, TSA, initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to curb corruption in public institutions because the affected agencies are profit-oriented government business entities that pay dividends to the Federal Government.
The MDAs exempted alongside NNPC include the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Bank of Industry, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Agriculture, Niger Delta Power Holding Company /National Integrated Power Project, National Communication Satellite Limited, Galaxy Backbone Ltd, Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd, Urban Development Bank, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
The validation for this information comes vide a circular from the AGF’s office to The Director, Central Bank of Nigeria, Banking and Payments System Department, referenced FD/LP2015/C/ADC/20/1/ /DF dated September 14, 2015 and authored by M. K, Dikwa, for the Accountant- General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Finance, Funds Department, Abuja.
The circular titled “Approval to Exempt Some MDAs In line With the E-Collection Mop-Up Exercise” reads in part “Approval is hereby granted to your bank to exempt the Accounts of thirteen (13) MDAs (Category 6) as listed below the mop-up in line with the e-Collection Circular No. HCFSF/428/S.1/120 dated 7th August 2015 as these are Profit Oriented Government Business entities that are to pay their dividends into the Treasury Single Accounts whenever they are declared.
“Please note that in line with the Presidential approval, the following as it relates to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC as listed above (S/No.9) under Category 4 should also apply:
“That NAPIMS remains classified as an MDA that is funded from the Federation Account under Category 4 of the Circular, being the NNPC Business Unit responsible for the management of the Federation’s investment in the upstream activities and funded from direct proceeds of oil and gas revenue.
“That NNPC will continue to preserve the status with respect to NAPIMS Operations Account as well as Escrow Account for Third Party Financing in view of the Joint Venture (JV) Cash funding currently being experienced.
“That all other NNPC’s commercial/Business Entities as re-classified as ‘Profit-Oriented Public Corporations /Business Enterprises’ under Category 6 of the Circular which requires that only dividends from these entities be paid into the TSA.”