Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Salaries: FG to save more through IPPIS

The federal government said it is seeking to improve on the N220billion saved from leakages in the civil servants through the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, introduced almost a decade ago.
A statement from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, disclose government’s plans to save more money by the end of the year, when other agencies of government would have enroll on the platform.
The IPPIS which currently has 447 MDAs on its platform was implemented in April 2007 as one of the federal government’s reform initiatives conceived to transform the Nigerian public service, improve the management of human resources and provide a centralised payroll system for the service.
According to the statement, “The IPPIS initiative is aimed at improving the management of human resources and providing a centralised payroll system in the service.
“A total of 447 MDAs are already on the IPPIS to date, including all the core ministries, medical and allied health institutions and agencies under the Ministry of Science and Technology, among others. Fifty-six of them came on board in 2016.
“Savings of over N220bn have been recorded by the IPPIS from inception to date.”
The OAGF says it will soon commence a verification exercise for the outstanding MDAs, so as to weed out retired, dead or ghost workers from the system.
The outstanding MDAs include the Nigeria Police Force and other para-military agencies like the Nigerian Prisons, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Fire Services. Other agencies to undergo the verification exercise include the military (Army, Navy and Air Force), all federal tertiary institution (universities, polytechnics and colleges of education) as well as agencies in the petroleum sector.
The IPPIS started off with seven pilot Ministries, Departments and Agencies, with the aim of centralizing the payment of salaries, aiding of manpower planning and budgeting as well as facilitation of convenient staff remuneration payment with minimal wastage.

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