The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed it’s plan to migrate all government personnel, agencies and institutions to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform.
The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who stated this at Ibom Icon hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, during a training of IPPIS role players said the aim of the migration was to deepen transparency in all the sectors.
Represented by the Director Consolidated Account/IPSAS, office of the Accountant General, Salawu Zubairu, the AGF explained that the training is one of the strategies adopted by his office to continually keep the IPPIS role players in tune with the workings of the policy and to enhance their capacity to take full ownership of their respective payrolls and efficiently discharge their responsibilities in the centralized platform.
The AGF explained that the application of IPPIS has also enhanced efficiency in the planning for Personnel emoluments in the country since its introduction.
His words, “It is heart-warming that since the inception of the IPPIS payment platform, there has been a significant level of transparency in government payroll administration. Furthermore, the IPPIS has brought greater efficiency into planning for personnel emoluments as well as planning for personnel budget.
“In the light of the benefits of the system, the federal government resolved to migrate all government personnel, agencies and institutions that draw their personnel cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to the IPPIS platform.
“This task, which was saddled on the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, has not been an easy one due to peculiarities of some of these agencies and institutions.
“However, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has recorded significant successes in this regard. Let me assure you, that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation will not rest on this mandate to integrate all government employees and agencies into the IPPIS.”
Speaking earlier, Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel said his administration commenced the use of IPPIS in 2015 in the state.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner of Finance, Mr Linus Nkan, said the application of IPPIS models has brought transparency and eliminated fraud in the system.
“We have commenced the use of IPPIS since this administration came on board in 2015, as part of our strict adherence to the administration’s avowed commitment to running a transparent government where the resources of the people are optimally utilised for the benefit of the common good.
“We have through the application of the IPPIS models in our payroll eliminated payroll fraud, curb wastages and this has brought efficient and transparent operations. Our people have keyed into the system.
He added that the State conducted a verification exercise for civil servants and incorporated all the processes of IPPIS saying that same was applied in the pension and gratuity schemes.
He further added that because of the government’s zero tolerance for financial fraud, they’ve been able to use the resources available to advance developmental strides in the state.