Lagos - E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) has begun a series of training sessions to equip local government officials with the knowledge of using e-payment platforms.
The programme, which is ongoing in some states, is designed to bring the benefits of electronic payments to local governments in the country.
According to E-PPAN, the programme which will run until April is broken down into a one day executive session with the management executives of local government and a two day intensive workshop session with desk officers in the finance/accounts departments of all the local government areas in the country.
The theme of the training is “Upscaling the Use of E-Payment Channels in Local Government to Increase IGR and Enhance Citizen Service Delivery.”
Chief Executive Officer of E-PPAN, Regha Onajite, said the programme became necessary as observed by the association during its recent visit to the some states for the sensitisation of the grassroots on the new cash policy.
According to her, during the visit, E-PPAN discovered there was urgent need for the local government to understand the benefits of electronic payments, knowing that government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels are heavily engaged in accepting payments, whether for recurring services such as public utilities and water, or occasionally issued permits, licenses, quarterly or annual tax payments, among others.
As a result, local governments were faced with cumbersome financial transactions with citizens and businesses every day, many of which involved cash, cheques and manual processes.
According to Onajite, exhibitions would run alongside for practical demonstrations and hands-on knowledge, and at the end of the workshop sessions certificates would be given to attendees.
“This will be the first step in a series of activities targeted at improving Internally Generated Revenue (IGI) for both the local and state governments,” Onajite said.
She said that Central Bank of Nigeria representatives will be on ground to identify key areas of support required by the local government to enable them translate the knowledge into tangible benefits.
Onajite also said that e-payment experts will be on ground to provide up-to- date knowledge to attendees.
– CAJ News