ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – A total of 447 Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) are already on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) to date. This includes core Ministries, Medical and Allied Health Institutions, Agencies under Ministry of Science and Technology, among others.
Sundiata Post gathered that 56 of them came on board in 2016 with savings of over N220 billion been recorded by IPPIS from inception to date.
According to statement from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) made available to Sundiata Post by Bunmi Ojo, the current verification exercise involving all officers and civilian staff who are on the payroll of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and whose salaries are being paid in Kaduna and Ogun states is aimed at identifying and weeding out those on the payroll that have retired, died, or without genuine documents as well as duplicated names, with a view to having a clean payroll for the Police Force.
The exercise, which is being anchored by the OAGF, Nigeria Police Force and the Police Service Commission, is to take place simultaneously in eight locations in Kaduna and five locations in Ogun states respectively and the schedule is as follows:
Kaduna State (Tuesday 24th May – Saturday 4th June, 2016) – Zaria Samaru; Zaria Area Commander Office; Kachia; Kafanchan Area Command; Jere; Bishop Jatau Road, Sabon Tasha, GRA; Metro Area Command Office Kaduna and State Headquarters, Kaduna.
Ogun State (Tuesday 24th May – Thursday 2 June, 2016) – Police Headquarters POWA Secretariat, Eleweran; DCB Hall Area Command Old Abeokuta-Lagos Road; Ilaro Area Command; Sagamu Area Command, Iperu Road and Police Officers’s Mess Area Command Ijebu Ode.
According to the statement, “Verification of all staff in the Nigeria Police Force payroll in all other states and locations will follow immediately after this exercise. The cooperation of the media (print and electronic) will be highly appreciated in ensuring the success of this laudable project.”
It will be recalled that in furtherance of the Federal Government initiative to promote accountability and transparency and as part of its cost control and cost reduction measures especially in view of its present deplorable financial position, a presidential directive was issued early this year to all MDAs drawing their personnel costs from the treasury to join the IPPIS platform.
The outstanding MDAs yet to join the IPPIS platform include the Nigeria Police Force and other para-military agencies namely Nigeria prisons, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Fire Services, the Military (Army, Navy and Air Force) and all federal institutions (universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education) as well as agencies in the petroleum sector.
It is gathered that plans have reached different stages of their enrolment processes and are to be completed before the end of 2016 financial year.
The Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) is one of the Federal Government Reform Initiatives conceived to transform the Nigerian Public Service and make it more efficient and effective in service delivery.
The IPPIS initiative is aimed at improving the management of human resources and providing a centralized payroll system in the service. The project implementation commenced at the Bureau of Public Service Reforms before its management was transferred to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) in October 2008. The project went live in April 2007 with seven pilot Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The objectives of the programme includes centralising payment of salaries; facilitating convenient staff remuneration payment with minimal wastage; facilitating easy storage, updating and retrieval of personnel record for administrative and pension processing; aid manpower planning and budgeting: and prompt deduction and remittance to accounts of all third parties such as PFAs, NHF, PAYE, etc.
Among the benefits of IPPIS programme are prompt and easy payment of salaries to public servants; storage of Personnel records in a centralised database; biometric capturing of all staff, amongst others.