The Account General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, has said the Federal Government is committed to the migration of all government personnel, agencies and institutions to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), especially those drawing their personnel cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Speaking on Monday in Uyo during the training of IPPIS role players, Idris, however, noted that the task has not been easy due to peculiarities of some of the agencies and institutions.
The AG who was represented by the Director Consolidated Account/IPSAS, Office of the Accountant General, Salawu Zubairu explained that the training is one of the strategies adopted by the office of the Accountant General to keep the IPPIS role players in tune with the way the policy works.
He stated that it would also enhance the capacity of the players to take full ownership of their respective payrolls, as well as efficiently discharge their responsibilities in the centralized platform.
He mentioned that since the introduction of the IPPIs, it has brought transparency in government payroll administration and enhanced efficiency in the planning for personnel emoluments.
“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 draws 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,” he stated.
Declaring the training open, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, said his administration started using the IPPIS since 2015, noting that the application of IPPIS models has brought transparency and eliminated fraud in the system.
Emmanuel who was represented by the Commissioner of Finance, Mr Linus Nkan said, “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.
“In our determined efforts to ensure that frauds are eliminated in our pension and gratuity schemes we conducted a robust verification exercise for civil servants and incorporated all the processes into the IPPIS.
“Because of our zero tolerance for financial fraud we have been able to use the resources available to advance developmental strides in the state,” he stated.