Enrolment into Integrated Payroll System Commences across Federal Universities/Colleges
Lecturers and workers at Federal universities and Colleges of Education are to submit themselves for enrolment into the Integrated payroll system starting from November 25th.
The announcement from the Office of Accountant General of the Federation noted that the exercise will take place between November 25 to December 7th.
The affected lecturers and workers are to submit their first letter of employment,promotion,bank statements,birth certificate among others.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities had stoutly resisted the policy but failed to stop the plan which the Federal Government said was designed to block loopholes in personnel expenditure across the Federal service.
What is IPpIS
IPPIS is a Department under the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to Government employee’s bank account with appropriate deductions and remittances of 3rd party payments such as; Federal Inland Revenue Service, State Boards of Internal Revenue, National Health Insurance Scheme, National Housing Fund, Pension Fund Administrator, Cooperative Societies, Trade Unions Dues, Association Dues and Bank Loans.
There are 459 MDAS on IPPIS Platform as at 31st June, 2017. The department is responsible for processing and payment of salary to over Three hundred thousand (300,000) Federal Government Employees across the 459 MDAs. IPPIS aim is to enrol into the platform, all Federal Government MDAs that draws personnel cost fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Since inception of the IPPIS project in April 2007, the department have saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of Naira by eliminating thousands of ghost workers.
IPPIS Department carries out its functions in collaboration with; the Federal Ministry of Finance, Office of the Head of Service, Civil Service Commission, Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and MDAs that are enrolled on IPPIS.
The Acting Director IPPIS, Mr Olufehinti Joshua (FCA) is responsible for the overall Management of IPPIS Department, reporting to the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Buhari’s Move on IPPIS
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered all government agencies, including the military and the universities to join the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS).
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the disclosure in 2015 said IPIS will help in curtailing some of the abuses in the salaries and emoluments’ processes of the government.
Osinbajo stated this at a meeting with permanent secretaries and director-generals for a one-day sensitization session on the 2016 budget and 2016-2020 Medium Term Plan of the federal government.
“We need to cut overheads too, we can’t spend as we used to spend. We need to block leakages, increase accountability and transparency. This is an absolute necessity, the level of corruption is an outrage and we have to deal with it”, he noted.
The Vice President observed that in order to achieve the socio-economic goals of the Buhari administration, amidst dwindling oil revenues on the one hand, and the vast number of Nigerians who live in poverty, on the other, there was a need to change the way budgeting is done.
He added that the country’s greatest challenge “is controlling ballooning recurrent expenditure and freeing up resources for growth-related capital expenditure”.
He said government will do something about poverty, emphasizing that it will be “something more direct” different from how we have done it in the past”, hence budgeting has to be done differently.”
He explained that budget planning under the Buhari administration would restore the long term, policy-based, approach to budgeting alongside a Zero-Based Budgeting which questions all expenses ensuring greater