Friday, 15 February 2013

Federal Government Uncovers 45,000 Ghost Workers; Raises Committee To Verify Nigeria’s Assets Abroad

The Federal Government yesterday says it has discovered 45, 000 ghost workers from 251 Ministries Departments and Agencies of government under the integrated Payroll and Personal Information system, IPPIS.

Minister of state for Finance, Yerima Ngama disclosed this  while briefing newsmen at State House, Abuja after Wednesday's Federal Executive Council meeting Presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The IPPIS was introduced to enhance efficiency in personnel cost, planning and budgeting by ensuring that personnel cost will now be based on actual verified number and not on estimates.
Government has so far undertaken staff auditing in 215 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs that make up the Federal Public Service, auditing 153,019 staff as at January, 2013.

Minister of State for Finance Yerima Ngama noted that 321 MDAs are yet to be captured on the IPPIS but government had also established the Treasury Single Account as a unified structure of government bank account that gives a consolidated view of the cash position.

On issues of the budget, the Minister of State for Finance noted that the Ministry for the first time had broken the jinx surrounding late preparation as the 2013 budget was presented at a record time, in September, 2012.

He however was silent on why President Jonathan had not yet signed the appropriation bill into law.

Nevertheless Dr Ngama disclosed that government had plans to increase capital expenditure to 60 percent and reduce recurrent expenditure to 40 percent.

President Goodluck Jonathan also on Wednesday, set up a special Committee to verify Nigeria’s assets all over the world,valued at Billions of Naira.

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