FG saved N68bn on personnel cost in 2017 – Kemi Adeosun

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During a presentation of “Status Update on the Implementation of Federal Executive Council (FEC) Approved Projects” at the Council’s meeting, on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed that the Federal Government had saved N68 billion on personnel cost in 2017

Brings the aggregate savings by the Government on personnel cost since 2007 to date to N288 billion.

The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adeosun explained, the saving were funds that would have otherwise gone unaccounted for which, she added, were now free for the Government to fund capital projects, the savings were achieved despite increase in personnel, including the employment of 10,000 by the Nigeria Police.

She confirmed that a total of 511 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) had been captured under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), with staff count of 607,843.

“As at 20th March, 2018 the number of MDAs on IPPIS Payroll is 469 with 316,158 Staff Count with gross salary of N43,979,383,997.78 and 42 Police Commands and Formations paid on IPPIS Platform in February, 2018 with Staff Count of 291,685 and gross salary of N22,276,669,257.21.

“Staff of Para-Military Agencies (Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Prison Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps) enrolled to date is 100,822 for which a trial payroll of N11,456,278,859.00 have been sent for review and update for April, 2018 payroll,” Adeosun said.

Adding the fact, that the introduction of the IPPIS had resulted in the reduction of ghost workers syndrome, enforcement of compliance with due process on employment of staff in MDAs, and prompt and timely payment of salaries and remittances of third parties payments.

IPPIS had become an assured source of internally generated revenue through payee to States and Federal Government, she noted.

She also canvassed the need for a legislation to impose sanctions on non-compliance MDAs to achieve speedy and successful service delivery.

“There is need to kit IPPIS stakeholders to overcome challenges for effective and efficient service delivery at all times,” Adeosun recommended.

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