SoftAlliance IPPIS Uncovers 46,821 Ghost Workers

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The Federal Government on Monday the 10th of June, 2013 said it had so far identified 46,821 ghost workers in 215 of its ministries, departments and agencies where it had introduced the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System – IPPIS, being deployed Soft Alliance.

The IPPIS is a new innovation of the government that is meant to enhance efficient personnel cost planning and budgeting based on actual verified numbers and not estimates.

In her address, the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, confirmed the development while presenting at the 2013 Ministerial Platform in Abuja. The event, aimed at informing the public, provided an avenue for all ministers to give their mid-term stewardship to Nigerians and to enumerate their contributions to the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Furthermore, Okonjo-Iweala said, as of January this year, the IPPIS had 153,019 members of staff of 215 MDAs. Most noteworthy is that work is currently ongoing to bring in the other 321 MDAs into the system. In addition, this was part of the reform measures aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of government resources.

The minister said, “The Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System enhances the efficiency of personnel cost planning and budgeting, as personnel cost will be based on actual verified numbers and not estimates. As of January 2013, two hundred and fifteen MDAs (153,019 staff) are on the IPPIS and savings on payroll cost to date is N118.9bn while work is ongoing to bring in other 321 MDAs not yet on the IPPIS. In regards, identifying about 46,821 ghost workers.”

Also speaking was the Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Yerima Ngama, “We are doing a lot to reduce recurrent expenditure by making salary administration very efficient, and we are employing technology in doing that. We have introduced the IPPIS through which we are paying the salaries of Federal Government employees and agencies centrally.

Because we have the detailed biometric of every staff, we can weed out ghost workers. What we have done so far, we have covered 215 MDAs, and we have discovered 45,000 ghost workers, and that has reduced the total bill by about N100 billion,’’ he said.

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