Former Governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Sunday undertook a cursory journey back into his eight years government and concluded that while it lasted, there was no record of “fraud.”
Daniel said the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) was not a panacea to the nation’s economic recession, adding that bureaucracy had remained the major obstacles to its success.
The ex – governor made this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while speaking at the Doyen Magazine Award in honour of former Head of Service of Ogun State, Mrs Iyabo Yusuf.
According to him, the TSA has not impacted positively to the life of the ordinary man since its introduction.
It should be recalled that TSA, a Federal government’s money administration system, was already introduced in Ogun State when Daniel’s successor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, came on board.
He rued a situation where TSA had made it almost mandatory that every expenditure must be approved first by the Governor before anything could be done, saying such process slows down governance.
“One of thing that shocked me was that, every single expenditure must be approved by the governor and I’ m not joking, even if the Permanent Secretary (PS) want to buy a stationary worth N1,000 he cannot approve it.
“He (PS) can only recommend and the Governor must approve. How then will the process of governance move?
“TSA is the most worst of bureaucracy. Alternative to TSA is for federal government to set limit of expenditure. In all my eight years, there was no single fraud in Ogun State, but I developed manpower,” Daniel said