Stories of how ghost workers rips Nigeria of billions of naira annually is not uncommon.

But to tackle this challenge, the government adopted a new technology that helps it pay only genuine employees.

That technology, known as Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS has helped to save more than 218 billion naira since it was introduced in 2007.

Mr Olusegun Olufehinti, the Director, IPPIS, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

In 2017 alone, 67 billion naira was saved, while about 92 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), would have been unable to pay salaries due to a deficit in their budget.

“At the end of 2017, we were able to pay all MDAs and in December, we observed that we had 75-billion-naira savings from some MDAs after payment of salaries.

“We also observed that about 92 MDAs would not have been able to pay their salaries because there was a deficit of eight billion naira in their budget.

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“However, because we had 75 billion naira from others, we were able to take eight billion naira from it and then it remained 67 billion naira which was the net excess we had after paying salaries.”

According to him, in the past, individual MDAs with such excess will exhaust it without returning anything to the government coffers and yet, the government will be compelled to look for additional money to pay the other MDAs.

Olufehinti said IPPIS was one of Federal Government’s public finance reforms aimed at ensuring that the actual strength of Federal Government workers was known to help in budgeting and annual planning.

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