- Not fewer than 60, 000 people have been collecting salaries on the payroll of the federal government without offering any services
- The government said it discovered this while implementing its new Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)
- Communications minister Pantami said the discovery shows why employing of improved technology is necessary to governance and economic growth
The federal government of Nigeria says it has uncovered over 60,000 ghost workers on its payroll.
The Isa Pantami, the minister of communication revealed this during Federal University of Technology's 29th convocation lecture in Minna, Niger state.
Pantami said billions of naira have been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
The minister notes that IPPIS and TSA were technology the Federal Government created and implemented to minimize corruption in Nigeria.
Pantami expressed the determination for the government to set the record straight regarding corruption in Nigeria.
He stated that with datification, society and individual will gain more in the execution of their day to day activities.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) might be activating its “no pay, no work” mantra if the federal government goes ahead with its plan not to pay its members not enrolled in IPPIS their salaries by January 31.
ASUU's president, Biodun Ogunyemi, told The Cable that the union might embark on strike action.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the federal government stopped the payment of salaries of higher institutions’ lecturers yet to enrol in IPPIS.
A letter from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation addressed to the minister of finance and national planning requested the stoppage of the payments.
“l am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and Warrants of the Federal Tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020,” part of the letter read.
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