Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday that the federal government has saved about N119 billion from ghost workers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
While inaugurating the implementation committee of the system in Abuja, the minister said the implementation of IPPIS will enhance efficient personnel cost planning and budgeting “as personnel cost will be based on actual verified numbers and not estimates”.
The system allegedly ensures that workers’ salaries are paid centrally from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation into individual workers’ accounts, as opposed to the former practice where estimated staff salaries were released to government organisations and they paid the individual workers.
According to Okonjo-Iweala, the old system encouraged the recruitment of a large army of ghost workers such that a total of 46,000 names on the payroll, representing close to one out of three workers in the organisations so far covered, were ghost workers
She said that 215 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, with a total staff strength of 153,019, have been captured on the IPPIS. Under the system, each staff’s biometric data is captured to enable the implementation officers determine who really is a staff, while names whose bearers fail to present themselves for verification are considered those being used by pay officers to defraud the government.
The minister said the new committee, with the Minister of State for Finance, Yarima Ngama, as Chairman, would fast-track the process of bringing the remaining 321 federal MDAs on the system, with the hope that the problem of ghost workers would be addressed effectively at the federal level.
Okonjo-Iweala also urged the Ngama-led committee to speed up work on the Government Integrated Financial Management and Information System (GIFMIS), under which the acquisition, allocation, utilisation and conservation of public financial resources is automated and integrated.
She disclosed that 58 per cent of the budget was already being executed through GIFMIS, adding that the volume of government activities captured under the system would have risen to 79 per cent by the end of the third quarter.
Lots of those whose means of livelihood was the GHOSTING of workers, must have ”ported” away from Jonathan’s govt and joined those who say he shouldn’t continue his VISIBLE TRANSFORMATION EFFORTS…
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