Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, Acting Head of Service of the Federation
By Ayo Kehinde
As part of the cost-cutting measures adopted by the Federal Government to manage rising personnel costs, President Buhari has directed that federal workers not captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System by end of October, this year would henceforth not be paid their monthly salary. The IPPIS, apart from capturing the biometric data of workers, was adopted to solve the syndrome of ghost workers through which huge sums of money running into billions had been fraudulently paid to non-existent staff, thereby robbing the treasury of billions of Naira.
Delivering his 2020 budget speech before the National Assembly on Tuesday, Buhari, on this, said: “We shall also sustain our efforts in managing personnel costs. Accordingly, I have directed the stoppage of the salary of any Federal Government staff that is not captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform by the end of October 2019. All agencies must obtain the necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment and any contraventions of these directives shall attract severe sanctions.”