June 15, 2009

HOS advises DFAs on e-payment headache

By Emmanuel Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The new Head of  Civil Service to the Federation (HOCSF) Mr Stephen Orosanye yesterday advised Directors of Finance and Administration (DFAs) to properly liaise with their various bankers to reduce the bottlenecks associated with e-payments.

Orosanye disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists to commemorate the Public Service Day.

His words: “The problem really is between the bank and the beneficiary, once your account is not with the official bank of the ministry the payment will be channelled through the headquarter of the paying bank and this could cause a lot of delays.”

“This is one area the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should look into and all DFAs should call their bankers and identify what these bottlenecks are and solve them.”

In her address earlier, the out-going Head of Civil Service to the Federation Ms Ama Pepple said this year’s theme which is “Fostering Partnerships and Collaborations for sustainable Development and Improved Service Delivery in Africa” was most appropriate as it is evident in the rapidity of changes all over the world and the need for the Public Service to quickly  adapt to them if it must continue to be relevant as a virile national institution for promoting good governance and sustainable development.