The Director of Finance and Accounts, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Mr Mufutau Bello, has said the training held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was designed by the Management to enhance the capacity of the Zonal Directors, State Coordinators and other functionaries appointed to respective positions as a result of the recent restructuring of the Board’s entire Outstation operations which saw the Board devolving more responsibilities to Zonal and State Offices especially in terms of decentralising certain functions of technical and financial operations.
The Director stated this on Friday, 9th July 2021, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during a three-day training workshop to impart sound administrative and financial knowledge to the Board’s functionaries at the Zonal and State levels nationwide. Mr Mufutau Bello, in his welcome remarks, said the training would also allow the Board to have a financial framework that guarantees effective and prompt service delivery and would block wastages in the governance of the Board’s operations at all levels.
He urged participants to pay attention to details as the trainers are professionals who would impart the requisite knowledge to them to perform optimally in their new assignments. While declaring the workshop open, the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, charged participants to imbibe the knowledge being imparted as that would position them to discharge their duties creditably.
He said at the end of the training, the Board should be able to certify participants as trained officers who could be deployed by government to act as the Chief Operating Officers of any of its big corporations if the need arose. He reminded the participants of the Board’s avowed commitment to accountability and prudent management of human and material resources stating that the training would enhance the capacity of the Zonal and State officers in line with global best practices.
The Registrar also used the occasion of the workshop to formally present the newly-designed organogram for Zonal and State offices and the roles to be played by each of the officials stressing that the Zonal Directors would oversee the entire activities of the zones. Continuing, the Registrar stated, “The Zonal Directors are vested with the power of approvals. All requests most be approved by the Zonal Director before any payment process is initiated. Subsequently the payment process is initiated by the Zonal Finance Officers while the Coordinators review the payment and the Zonal Director approves. However, where the Director serves as the Coordinator the power to review is given to another senior staff in the zone or another Coordinator within the zone.”
The resource person, Mr Sola Oyetayo, said the training workshop would also enable the non-financial officers to understand basic elements of accounting and financial operations of the Zonal and State Offices; discuss and develop the policies on accounting and financial operations of the Zonal and State Officials as well as hone the skills of their respective accounting personnel.
In the course of his presentation, Mr Oyetayo took participants through the various stages of accounting and financial management and other skills required to equip them for the huge task ahead. Participants were also taught Basic Accounting Principles; Revenue and Expenditure; Understanding Accounting Policies; Treasury Functions and Banking Activities.
The training equally looked at areas such as Ethical Consideration in Public Sector Financial Management; Creating an Effective Anti-Fraud Environment; Inventory, Property, Plant, Equipment and Budgeting. Representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Catherine Igundunasse, Deputy Director, Banking Services, spoke on the functionalities of the Treasury Single Accounts; Mr Dapo Omitoogun, made a presentation on anti money laundering while the representative of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Salawu Zubairu, Director, Consolidated Accounts/ IPSAS Project gave a charge on decentralization of finance functions. Mr. Mukoro Johson from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Idris Saadu from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund explained the operations of the Zonal arrangement with TETFUND revealing the challenges of operating a Zonal system for the Board to avoid.
The Deputy Director Operations, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission, Mr Agboro Micheal and the Director Legal, Bureau of Public Procurement Mr. Zibiri Andrew emphasized the need for vigilance as Mr Ayodele Omotade, Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate Department the National Youth Service Corps and Mr Ismail AY, from UBEC shared their experiences of administering the zonal and state offices under them to better equip the personnel at that level of the Board’s operations.
Goodwill messages were received from some highly-placed Nigerians who were present during some of the sessions. Among them were the Rt. Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who commended the Board’s continued drive towards excellence, the former ViceChancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Enefiok Essien (SAN) was full of praises for the Board for holding the training in Uyo, and a one-time Governing Board member of JAMB, Dr.(Mrs.) Iniobong Nkang Ekong urged participants to consider the training as a huge privilege stating that the knowledge acquired would be vital even outside JAMB.
- Credit: JAMBULLETIN