The Federal Government, says it has concluded arrangements to enrol all federal universities in Nigeria on the Integrated Personal and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform.
According to the FG, the platform will promote probity, transparency, and accountability in government expenditure and also to achieve the desired objectives of governance in centralising payroll system.
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation, made this known at a meeting of Vice Chancellors, Registrars, and Bursars of Federal Universities with the Office of the Accountant-General which was held in Abuja.
“The IPPIS scheme is one of the FG’s reform initiatives which is designed to achieve among others: a centralised payroll system of the FG, to facilitate easy storage, updating and retrieval of personal record for administrative and pensions processing to aid manpower planning and budgeting as well as to comply with the global best practice,” he stated.
Idris said before 2015, the total number of Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) on IPPIS was 288, with a total staff acount of 235,858.
He, however, added that at the moment, the total number of MDAs on IPPIS platform has increased to 561, with a total staff of over 755,422.
Idris assured the senior staff of the federal universities that if they comply with the presidential directive on IPPIS platform enrolment, the scheme would accommodate all peculiarities such as sabbatical, visitation, honorarium and earned allowances, among others.
He stated that the universities should be the best ground for entrenching reforms towards transparency and good governance, urging them to embrace the scheme as government will not change its position on IPPIS enrolment.