FG saves N120bn on fraudulent personnel claims – AGF

The Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Mr. Jonah Otunla, yesterday said about N120billion had been saved by the Federal Government from shady personnel claims in the past year.

He attributed the savings to the continued operations of the Integrated Payroll & Personnel Information System, IPPIS, from April 2007 to date which helped in fishing out ghost workers in the public service, adding that “excess personnel cost discovered to have been channeled to non-personnel sub-heads by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, but returned at the instance of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

Otunla made the disclosure during his presentation on the Peer Review Mechanism during the visit of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the Peer Review Team of Permanent Secretaries to the Office of the Accountant General explained further that “from April 2007 when the scheme commenced to date, 246 MDAs were enrolled with a total number of 250,000 staff and over N120billion cumulatively saved as a result of the difference between the amount government would have released to the MDAs based on appropriation and actual amount released and paid through IPPIS.”

On the role of the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), in managing public sector finance, Otunla said, GIFMIS had helped government increase the ability to undertake central control and monitoring of expenditures and receipts in the MDAs; facilitate access to information on financial and operational performance; improve internal controls to prevent and detect potential and actual fraud; strengthen governance and accountability, through efficient and effective service delivery.

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