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FG Saves N220 Billion From Integrated Payment System

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had saved N220 billion since the commencement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System implementation in April 2007.

It also announced that other government ministries, departments and agencies, notably, the military and paramilitary, would soon be brought onto the systems, thereby increasing the savings.

Introduced by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and initially domiciled at the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, the IPPIS is a government initiative aimed at restructuring the public service and also stamp out the scourge of ghost workers that has fuelled corruption in public finance. It also seeks to provide a centralised payroll system and improve administrative capacities of MDAs.

So far, there are 447 MDAs on the system, according to a statement from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, which was given the responsibility of managing the system in 2008.

“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 IPPIS to date including all the core Ministries, Medical and Allied Health Institutions, Agencies under Ministry of Science and Technology, among others. 56 of them came on board in 2016,” the statement read.

“Savings of over N220bn have been recorded by IPPIS from inception to date.”

By the end of this year, it is expected that other government institutions not on IPPIS will have come on board. These include the Military, Army, Navy and Air Force; Nigeria Police Force; paramilitary agencies like Nigeria Prisons, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and Federal Fire Service.

Also expected to join are Federal tertiary institution, such as universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, as well as agencies in the petroleum industry.

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