BY DAYO ADESULU
Forty-five per cent of university lecturers who have failed to register with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) would not be paid February salary, the Federal Government has vowed.
Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning stated this on Thursday while addressing newsmen at the opening of the 2020 Management Retreat for Treasury Directors of Finance and Directors of Internal Audit in Kano.
She said: “I am happy to report that, at least, up to 55 per cent of ASUU members are registered and are the ones that are getting their February salary.’
”Lecturers who have failed to register with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) will not get February Salary.”
Speaking on the level of compliance among the universities lecturers, Ahmad said about 55 per cent members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had registered in IPPIS.
She said: “Unfortunately, most reforms that you undertake you come across resistance. ”We have had resistance from ASUU on the implementation of the IPPIS.”
Ahmed further disclosed that there are over 70,000 ghost workers discovered since the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
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She said: “I know that we have up to 70,000 ghost workers that have been identified in this process and we hope that we will come to a time when we will say that we have no ghost workers.” ”The introduction of IPPIS would definitely make the system free from fraud and ghost workers.
On his part, Mr Olufehinti Olusegun, Director, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), had said the Federal Government saved over N206 billion in salaries of federal civil servants during the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.
He explained that it was achieved through blocking financial leakages of ghost workers. He gave the breakdown as N76 billion in 2017 and N130 billion in 2018, adding that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had helped sustain the policy introduced in 2007.