686 Civil Servants’ Salaries Suspended Over Unverified Records

The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended the pay of 686 federal personnel due to unreliable data on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), in an effort to promote efficiency and transparency in the country’s civil service.

This action is a component of continuous initiatives to get rid of ghost workers and simplify the nation’s payroll system.

On Tuesday, 12 December 2023, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Federation’s Civil Service, announced the suspension in a statement that was signed by Mohammed Ahmed, the Director of Communication.

According to the report, 11,447 civil servants had inconsistencies in their records out of the 59, 201 who fully took part in the verification operation earlier in the year.

Yemi-Esan, however, issued an order to restore the verification site and invited the 11,447 Civil Servants whose paychecks were halted to update their records online during the verification exercise, which was scheduled to take place from 16–27 October 2023.

Just 10,761 of the 11,447 cops took part in the physical verification exercise, and the remaining 686 did not show up.

Part of the statement reads: “The records of 59,201 Civil Servants, who participated fully in the verification exercise and had no discrepancies in their records were forwarded to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for continuous payment of their salaries. However, salaries of 11,447 officers, whose records were not verified, were suspended.

“On account of the suspension, the verification portal was reopened for these officers to enable them update their records online. Thereafter, they were invited for verification exercise from 16 – 27 October, 2023.”

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“A total number of 10,761 officers participated in the physical verification exercise. After the verification exercise, the review of verified records was carried out, in phases, to ensure that only credible records were on the IPPIS platform.”

“The names of officers with cleared records were sent to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation immediately they were cleared as follows:

i. September 2023 ​​​-​ 818 officers,

ii. October 2023 ​​​-​ 650 officers,

iii. November 2023 ​​​-​6857 officers,

iv. December 2023 ​​​-​ 1407 officers, and

v. Total number of officers cleared​ -​ 9,732 officers.”

“Some of these officers have received their salaries to date, while others will be paid in the month of December with all the arrears. Files of 1,029 officers, who have discrepancies in their records are still being expected from their MDAs to enable the office to authenticate their records after which their salaries will be restored.”

“It should be noted that about 686 officers, whose salaries were suspended, did not show up for the verification exercise and their salaries remain suspended on the IPPIS platform.”

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