The federal government has saved the sum of N220, 000,000,000.00
(Two Hundred and Twenty Billion) expenditure arising from 70,000 ghost workers whose names had been weeded out from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) enrolment.
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dasuki Arabi said this at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team on Thursday in Abuja.
The feat is in addition to the N10 trillion that the government had save following the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) 10 years ago, according to Arabi, while the workforce in the federal Civil servants in Nigeria is now 720,000.
The Director-general revealed that the government has also been able to save more than N220 billion hitherto wasted on the wrong management of the IPPIS on payroll by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“These are some of the benefits that we think government or Nigerians have benefited out of the work that we have been doing in collaboration with other agencies of government, where they with the introduction of IPPIS about 70,000 ghost workers have been eliminated from the payroll.
“We have a one-shot opportunity to look at IPPIS and say, as of today, we have 720,000 public servants working for Nigeria.
“We have been able to reduce more than N220 billion wastage through wrong management of IPPIS on payroll by MDAs. We have reduced the budget deficits and changed the budget composition.
“We have succeeded in getting the Treasury Single Account deployed in all MDAs. Challenges have come in that implementation at the initial stage, but we are overcoming that and government is able to save over N10 trillion over the years because whatever you’re generating now goes into a Treasury Single Account that is managed by somebody else, not you.
“And the government, especially at the top is always able to see what has come into our Treasury Single Account today and what has gone out of that. So planning has been simplified. Budgeting has been simplified.
“Our distribution and allocation of resources have been simplified and streamlined”, The director-general said, “Transparency has been improved. A lot of things are done even outside the office. But the most important thing is the ability given to central agencies- office of Accountant- General of the Federation- and Ministry of Finance to see what is happening in all MDAs”.