- The effort of the Nigerian government to check the fraud in payments of salaries and allowances may have been defeated
- An audit report of IPPIS, the unified platform for payment of salaries/allowances, revealed that operators of the platform are manipulating it
- The former auditor-general of the federation, Ukura Tyonongo, said many deficiencies were detected during the audit
The Nigerian government's efforts to stamp out corruption in the public service have always been met with stiff resistance from those who are beneficiaries of the compromised system.
The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which the current government wants to be fully implemented appears to have been manipulated by the operators, an audit report has revealed.
IPPIS is a unified platform for payment of public/civil servants' salaries and allowances to their bank accounts.
It was put in place to get rid of the fraud associated with payments of salaries and allowances.
However, Leadership newspaper reports that a performance audit that was conducted by Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has revealed that IPPIS operators still have access to the backend of the platform which makes it possible for them to manipulate it.
The newspaper adds that the former auditor-general of the federation, Ukura Tyonongo, under whom the audit was conducted, said the good intention of government for introducing IPPIS has been defeated.
The audit report shows several faults in the platform which allow operators to manipulate it at will without any trace.
Improper profile documentation, uncontrolled or insecure access to the platform, incidents of discrepancies in salary payments, double payments, etc are some of the deficiencies listed in the report.
The report states that users cannot be properly identified or traced in the events of fraud detection on the platform.
Tyonongo said the audit detected that people were changing names, dates of birth and other things to manipulate the platform.
The Nigerian president said all federal government, including those at federal universities, must be registered in the IPPIS system.
The president was reported to have made the statement on Saturday, February 1, during the 29th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
Earlier, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had made moves to mobilise its members for planned strike action across the country.
ASUU threatened to embark on strike should the Accountant General of the Federation stop its members' salaries as projected by the federal government over the failure of lecturers under the union to enrol for the IPPIS.
The federal government has, however, paid the January salaries of the university lecturers to avoid the looming strike action.
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