THE federal government has expressed its determination to find permanent solutions to hitches in the operations of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) so as to sustain a seamless payroll management system for the public service.
The Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, stated this in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital at a training programme for IPPIS Role Players in the South-South geopolitical zone.
The Accountant General said the federal government will continue to implement new ideas and necessary strategies to block all leakages and sustain a flawless payroll and personnel management system.
He noted that since the inception of the IPPIS, there has been a significant level of transparency in administration of government payroll system, adding that the IPPIS has brought greater efficiency into planning for personnel emoluments and personnel budget.
Idris, who was represented by the Director, Consolidated Accounts Department in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), Dr Zubairu Salawu, said the impact of the IPPIS prompted government’s decision to migrate all government personnel, agencies and institutions to the platform.
Noting that the OAGF has recorded significant successes in this regard while also assuring that the office will not rest on the mandate to integrate all government employees and agencies into the IPPIS; Idris appreciated individuals and agencies who contributed to the achievements so far recorded in the implementation of the IPPIS and other financial management reform initiatives of the government.
To demonstrate government’s resolve to maintain an efficient system, Idris said the training was designed to acquaint the IPPIS Role Players with the workings of the policy in order to enhance their efficiency to discharge their responsibilities in the centralised platform. While calling on the IPPIS Role Players to take the training as a call to national service, he urged them to view themselves as key components in the complex machinery set up to ensure the success of the IPPIS project and other reform initiatives.
“At this point in our national lives, the country needs men and women with high level of integrity. Your schedule is a trust and you are expected to be above board for the overall objective of achieving government’s desired aim. Be the agent of progress and ensure that as a Role Player, you will contribute your best to this process,” he advised.