The Federal Government has threatened to prosecute civil servants that are sabotaging the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who stated this at the final phase of the nationwide training for IPPIS role players, said the government is monitoring IPPIS role players in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and those found culpable of infraction will be dealt with decisively according to the laws.
IPPIS role players are staff of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including tertiary institutions and the Police that have been granted access to carry out certain roles on the centralised IPPIS platform.
Recently, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation announced the decentralisation of the operations of the IPPIS, an action aimed at enabling MDAs, tertiary institutions and the Police to handle some issues in their payroll without necessarily having to come to the IPPIS headquarters in Abuja.
On the Presidential directive that all government personnel should be enrolled on the IPPIS, Idris maintained that although some individuals and associations have attempted to discredit the policy, a large percentage of government personnel have been enrolled on the IPPIS platform.
He assured that more efforts will be made to get the remaining government employees onto the IPPIS platform.
He expressed optimism that with the training, the IPPIS role players have been adequately equipped to carry out updates and variations in their payroll and advised the role players to limit themselves to the activities that are expected of them.
“At the back end, you can carry out updates, however, there are updates that you are not entitled to do at the back end like updating the date of first appointment and date of birth. Limit yourselves to the activities that you are expected to do,” he said.
He explained that to checkmate the abuse of the processes, updates and variations carried out by the role players are to be reviewed by internal auditors in the respective MDAs.