Dr. Folasade Omolara Yemi-Esan, Head of Service of the Federation

Why we suspend payment of salaries of 331 Civil Servants: Nigerian Government

*The Federal Government restates the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) record updates exercise was initiated to rid the Service of ghost workers, strengthen accountability, cut down on government expenditure, and improve service delivery in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For their alleged failure to carry out online record updates on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) verification portal, the Federal Government has suspended the salaries of 331 Civil Servants.

ConsumerConnect reports the government has disclosed that it currently carries out the online record updates in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as the physical verification exercise.

Dr. Folasade Omolara Yemi-Esan, Head of Service of the Federation (HoCSF), had issued the directive to that effect via a circular dated June 9, 2021.

It was learnt the circular with reference number: HCSF/CSO/HRM/T/41, which Mahmuda Mamman, Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office,  signed on her behalf was addressed to all Permanent Secretaries, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) and Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF).

The document stated that despite all the various circulars issued requesting employees of MDAs to carry out an online records update on the IPPIS verification portal, some employees in the core-MDAs had failed to comply with the directives.

Consequently, the affected Federal workers also could not participate in the physical verification exercise carried out between June 2018 and December 2020 because their records could not be traced on the IPPIS verification portal.

According to the government, the IPPIS records update exercise was initiated to rid the Service of ghost workers, strengthen accountability, cut down on government expenditure and improve service delivery through automation of human resource functions and provision of reliable and timely information for decision making.

Abdulaganiyu Aminu, Director of Press and Public Relations, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, in a statement described the current exercise as the first phase as more names would be published in the subsequent phases.

The circular further enjoined the concerned officers to report to the office of the Director (IPPIS-SW) in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for further information/clarification.

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