FG saves N120bn from ghost workers

The Federal Government said it saved N120 billion by ridding its payroll of ghost workers, through the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Also contributing to the saving are the excess personnel costs, not included in the non-personnel sub-head by ministries, department and agencies.

The N120 billion, according to the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, was saved over a period of ten years, from 2007 when IPPIS was introduced, till date.

Idris who made this known at the Annual Conference of the Certified Natiional Accountants in Abuja, says they expect another N100 billion to be saved, after the verification and capture of members of the armed forces in the IPPIS.

So far, the Accountant General explained that 310,453 staff in 459 federal ministries, departments and agencies, had been enrolled in the IPPIS.

“From April 2007 when the scheme commenced to date, 459 MDAs have been enrolled with a total number of 310,453 staff.

“Over N120 billion cumulatively saved as a result of the difference between the amount government would have released to the MDAs based on appropriation, and actual amount released and paid through IPPIS.

“By the end of this month (October), we expect to make an additional N100 billion savings after the verification and capturing of the Armed Forces,” he said.

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