The Federal Government has received the nominal roll of about 41 universities as part of moves to capture university workers into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
The Coordinator of IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Olusegun Olufehinti, confirmed the figure to one of our correspondents during a telephone interview on Wednesday.
He said the Federal Government was determined to ensure that all its employees were captured on the IPPIS platform.
While stating that the exercise was a bit delayed in some institutions due to the difficulty in getting to those locations, he said the IPPIS officials from the OAGF had arrived at all the designated locations to conduct the exercise.
He said at the end of the enrolment, only those that have been captured would be paid their salaries. Olufehinti said since the government did not employ any union, it was imperative for every employee of government to ensure they were captured on the personnel payroll platform.
The IPPIS coordinator said since the commencement of the enrolment for university workers, the rate of response had been encouraging.
He said, “From the report we are having currently, they (lecturers) are enrolling. The enrolment is just to take their biometrics because we have not got to payrolling. This is the first process. For now, we don’t have problems despite their tactics.
‘We have got 43 varsities nominal rolls’
“The response is encouraging. There is no cause for alarm, as of today, out of the 43 (universities) we have received nominal roll from 41 of them.”
He described the IPPIS platform as an integral part of the Federal Government’s public finance reform initiatives aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of government payroll.
He said, “The salary is personal and if that is the case, then we expect everyone that wants to be paid to enrol. Because that will be the only basis you can get your salary.
“So unions were not engaged, only the individual was employed and the Federal Government is trying to ascertain the number of those employees it has in all institutions and that is what we are driving at.
“It will help in the budgeting and every month we can ascertain how much would be required to pay nationwide.
“So for now, they are responding and even some that did not send in their nominal rolls have done that. Because they know that if they don’t send it, they would be sanctioned.
“We have told them they can’t delay this exercise. We have two weeks to do this and the number of people we capture within the two weeks, if it’s 500 we capture in any university we assume those are the people that are there and those are the people that will be payrolled.”