Nigerians will soon begin to pay more to register for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams, obtain a driver’s licence or make other government transactions.
This is because the service charge on all transactions to be paid into the treasury single account (TSA) of the Federal Government will now be borne by payers under the newly-announced model effective from November 1.
The new tariff regime was announced at a stakeholders’ sensitisation programme on TSA e-Collection charges which held in Abuja recently.
According to a statement from organisers of the programme, the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, the old regime led government to incur a two-year debt burden that was to be paid to technology service providers and deposit money banks.
In the new payment structure however, government as recipient will no longer bear the charges on all transactions to the service providers.
“In line with the global best practices and amidst dwindling revenues, the Federal Government has approved a new Treasury Single Account tariff model which mandates that the service charge on payment to its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from November 1, 2018 would be borne by the payer,” said the statement quoting the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.
Controversy has, however, trailed the use of Remita, the payment software used by the Federal Government to execute the TSA.
Investigation revealed that some Nigerians, who have been paying for government rendered services via Remita, have begun to complain about extra charges, which are not reflected in the payment receipt.
For example, if a Nigerian student pays N1,000 for a JAMB result printout, Remita charges N1,165.38, but a receipt for N1,000 is issued.
In response to an inquiry alleging irregularities in the use of Remita to pay JAMB fees, the operators made reference to the new TSA tariff regime where the service charge will be borne by payers.
“Processing fees chargeable on collections processed on Remita in favour of all Federal Government Ministries, Departments Agencies and other institutions were borne by the Federal Government.
“As directed by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), payers are now to bear TSA e-Collections fee, effective November 01, 2018. In compliance with this directive, processing fees are now applied to all payments in favor of Federal Government Agencies on the platform,” the response read.
Following the new tariff system by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Nigerians should brace up to pay more on every TSA-driven transaction carried out with an MDA in the country.