The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, today in Lagos put up a training workshop for Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) Role Players in Federal Government agencies and institutions in the South West region of the country.

The training is part of the Federal Government’s resolve to evolve permanent solutions to hitches that may be observed in the operations of the IPPIS policy, which provides a platform for payment of personnel emoluments and maintains a database for information and actions on the government workforce.

Giving an address at the 3-day workshop, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, noted that this training workshop is meant to keep IPPIS Role Players abreast with the operations of the policy to enhance their capacity to take full ownership of their respective payrolls and efficiently discharge their responsibilities in the centralized platform.

“In introducing the IPPIS into the country’s public service, the government sought to entrench transparency and accountability in the management of the payroll system.  Prior to the introduction of the IPPIS,  the manual payroll system that was in operation made it impossible to determine the number of personnel in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were paid salaries due to non-availability of necessary data,” Mr. Idris, who was represented by Salawu Zabairu, Director, Consolidated Account said.

He explained that since the inception of the IPPIS, there has been a significant level of transparency in the administration of government payroll, adding that the policy has aided efficient management of personnel records, timely payment of salaries and wages, accurate deduction of taxes and other third-party dues, as well as smooth remittance of payroll deductions to third parties.

“The policy has brought greater efficiency to the planning of personnel emoluments and budget,” he argued further.

While acknowledging all public and private agencies and individuals that have contributed overtly or covertly to the successes recorded in the implementation of the IPPIS, Mr. Idris assured that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation will not rest on the mandate to migrate all government employees into the IPPIS platform.

He tasked the Role Players to give the training the necessary attention and make good use of the information on the operations of the policy.  “You must see this training as a call to national service. Your ability to honestly and correctly apply the ideas gained at this training becomes your own contribution to nation-building,” he said.


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