The federal universities’ payroll is about to be sanitised by the federal government in a move to save more money as their workers have been given December 7, deadline to enrol onto the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as efforts to remove ghost workers from the public service and cut recurrent expenditure get to advance stage.
IPPIS is an information Communications Technology (ICT) project initiated by the FG to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of payroll administration for its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
This deadline is expected to break the resistance of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is seen as an open endorsement of corruption in the Nigeria University system as the IPPIS platform will not allow employment of workers at will without compliance to due process on employment.
The universities’ workers are to comply with these directives on IPPIS between November 25th and December 7, 2019 to join other federal workers from 459 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that have been on the system since its inauguration in April 2007.
University Benin in a circular dated November 26 signed by its Register, O. A Oshodin with reference REG/RQ/C.79, the workers were informed about the new development and documents expected of them in compliance with the directive aimed at sanitising the bloated payroll in the public service.
“I wish to inform you that the federal government of Nigeria has requested all staff of federal universities to enrol into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) between November 25th to December 7th 2019′.
The documents required for the registration according to the circular from Oshodin are Letter of the first appointment, Letter of last promotion, Evidence of transfer of service (if any) and their staff identification card.
Other documents requested are birth certificate/declaration of age, educational qualifications, copy of bank statements covering six months, BVN Printout, Pension Fund Administration (PFA) Printout, and the evidence of change of name( If any)
“We shall provide additional information as regards this exercise later. In the meantime, kindly get the required documents ready urgently”, said the UniBen Registrar.
The IPPIS is a department under the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and it caters for the payment of salaries of over 300,000 federal government employees across the 459 MDAs that have enrolled.
The government through the system has saved about N230 billion in three years according to Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) who said the country gained over N50 billion in 2017, N100 billion in 2018 and N80 billion already in 2019 from fictitious payment of salaries and pensions.