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FG Suspends Salaries Of 686 Civil Servants Amidst Ongoing Payroll Clean-Up

In a significant move aimed at enhancing transparency and efficiency in the Nigerian civil service, the federal government has suspended the salaries of 686 civil servants due to unverified records on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS). 

This action is part of a broader initiative to streamline the country’s payroll system and eradicate ghost workers.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, revealed this development in a statement issued by Mohammed Ahmed, the director of Communication for the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, on Wednesday.

Earlier in the year, 59,201 civil servants participated in a verification exercise, during which 11,447 officers were found to have discrepancies in their records.

Following this revelation, Yemi-Esan ordered the reopening of the verification portal and extended an invitation for a verification exercise from October 16 to 27, 2023.

Surprisingly, only 10,761 officers out of the initially suspended 11,447 participated in the physical verification exercise, leaving 686 absent.

In a statement, the office of the Head of Service of the Federation clarified, “The records of 59,201 Civil Servants, who participated fully in the verification exercise and had no discrepancies in their records were forwarded to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for continuous payment of their salaries.

However, salaries of 11,447 officers, whose records were not verified, were suspended.”

To address the situation, the verification portal was reopened for the affected officers to update their records online.

The subsequent physical verification exercise aimed to ensure the credibility of the records on the IPPIS platform.

The statement provided a breakdown of the officers with cleared records, stating, “September 2023 – 818 officers, October 2023 – 650 officers, November 2023 – 6,857 officers, December 2023 – 1,407 officers, totaling 9,732 officers.”

Some have already received their salaries, while others are scheduled to be paid in December, including any arrears owed.

However, the files of 1,029 officers with discrepancies in their records are still awaited from their respective Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Once received, the office will authenticate their records, and their salaries will be reinstated.

Remarkably, about 686 officers, whose salaries were suspended, failed to attend the verification exercise.

Consequently, their salaries remain suspended on the IPPIS platform, underscoring the government’s commitment to enforcing accountability and accuracy in its payroll system.

 

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