Nigeria: Integrated Payroll System Saves FG N160 Billion


Abuja — Government’s anti-corruption effort through the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS), which was introduced in 2011, has saved the nation N160 billion by practically stopping some corrupt practices like the inflation of personnel figures in the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Joe Abah, revealed this yesterday at the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja, stating that the country's anti-corruption efforts were yielding positive results.

To that end, he enjoined citizens, especially the youths, to have faith in the country and stop talking down Nigeria, warning: "The more you talk down the country, the more you are being checked and maltreated abroad. If you talk down the country, somehow it comes back to you."

The current Transparency International (TI) corruption perception report of Nigeria is a result of researches carried out in 2011," he noted, and a lot of improvement has occurred since then and would not reflect in the corruption perception report until the next three years.

On the Federal Government's other anti-corruption efforts, Abah said the country now has a single treasury account, away from what obtained in the past where government agencies operated several accounts, which fueled corruption.

"We have eradicated almost 100 years of fertilizer fraud," he said. "There is no more incident of pension fraud; banking fraud has stopped. Our country is changing for the better."

Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, had recently revealed that the agency was working on the federal payroll system, where it was alleged that ministries were inflating the number of personnel in order to obtain money from government coffers.

With the integrated payroll system giving no room for manual payments by the different MDAs, a lot of rot in the manual system has been exposed and MDAs are now being questioned on what they had done with the monies they got from the initial corrupt system.

However, the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, regretted that so much attention is being placed on Nigeria even though there are more corrupt countries in Africa.

He added that the country was doing so much to combat corruption and has succeeded on many fronts, stating: "If there is no sign of improvement, Transparency International wouldn't have improved Nigeria's rating."

One way the EFCC is eradicating corruption is by reaching out to organized and semi-formal groups such as students, women bodies, town unions and age groups, professional and social associations, religious bodies as well as other special interest associations, he said.

The agency has also set up Inter-faith Anti-corruption Advisory Committee (IAAC), which has been working in the last seven years, and has come up with a manual that has drawn methods and tools that could be used to tackle corruption, and was launched to commemorate the anti-corruption day.

Source: The Guardian