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Loans taken out by public employees leading to inconsistencies in IPPIS implementation - BPSR

 Dr. Dasuki Arabi, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, has stated that some of the discrepancies that are being experienced in the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) can be attributed to the fact that civil servants have taken out loans in the past.

Nevertheless, he confessed that there were certain administrative mistakes on the part of the government in the payroll system, but he stressed that these difficulties were being handled and would be resolved soon.

His comments came in the midst of the backdrop of unions inside the university system, particularly the Academic Staff Union of Universities, rejecting the IPPIS (ASUU).

You may recall that ASUU declared recently that its rejection of the IPPIS payment platform had been justified by the charge of fraud that had been leveled at the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who was alleged to have stolen over N80 billion from the service.

According to the Director-General of the BPSR, the majority of the public officials who have complained about the inefficiencies of the IPPIS were personally consulted before the policy went into action.

His words were as follows: "On deductions and complaints around IPPIS, you know, we just started from the pilot ministries six, we went to 10, then because of the push by the international community, particularly the development partners, who are really eager to get Nigeria at par with other nations."

"I remember, and I am privileged to have been a part of the team that started the discussion around IPPIS. And we were able to get different sectors of the Public Service to come and have meetings and discussions with us to understand their various cadre within the field, their pay structure, and their responsibilities, and all of these have been taken care of." "I remember, and I am privileged to have been a part of the team that started the discussion around IPPIS. And we were able to get different sectors

"Along the way, there are some new creations, and I think there are some omissions, which the government is correcting. However, I would not take these accusations that there are deductions like that, since it cannot be arbitrary. There is a rationale behind every inference that is drawn and every deduction that is made. In the event that there are issues, they are located and will be resolved as soon as possible.

"Quite a few of our coworkers, some of them may have taken out a significant amount of loans that may have committed them, deductions are being made left, right, and center." I'm writing to reassure you, as well as the individual who brought the complaint to your attention, that the government is working to find solutions to some of these issues.

Arabi, in response to a question about the attitude of some public officials toward service delivery, stated that such actions are quite reprehensible.

According to him, problems of this nature will be remedied once an evaluation system that is capable of measuring an employee's performance is completely operational.

When a new government agency is established, that agency is going to serve a specific function. This provides them with a mandate. They have a vision, and for anyone to suggest that there is nothing for him to do demonstrates that person's unwillingness to make himself relevant in the conversation.

"That is one of the areas that we are trying to solve, a significant amount of culture re-orientation," said the speaker. to help people comprehend the rationale behind why they are required to provide service, notwithstanding the circumstances in which they currently find themselves working in their own government ministry, department, or agency.

"Even if someone claims there is no work to be done, I am fully aware that there is work to be done." However, I feel it's important to reassure you that the government is making significant efforts to enhance the conditions of our workplaces.

"We are attempting to provide service, which necessitates the institutionalization of succession planning, mentorship, and performance management." In the event that the assertion that some people claim they don't have work to do and, as a result, won't report for their duties is accurate, the implementation of performance management will become mandatory at the beginning of the year after this one. Your performance will determine everything, including whether or not you receive promotions. Therefore, even if there is no job, you should make every effort to hunt for work so that we may continue to justify our presence in the ministry, he explained.

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