The federal government’s nationwide training for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) Role Players has proceeded to the South-West geopolitical zone.
The training workshop was organised by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for IPPIS Role Players in federal government agencies and institutions throughout the country.
Techeconomy.ng can report that the training that commenced three weeks ago has been successfully held in four geopolitical zones, namely; North-West, North-East, South-East and South-South.
This medium is aware that the training is holding simultaneously in the North-Central and in the South-West this week.
Speaking at the event on Monday, September 6, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris said the IPPIS is one of the key reform initiatives of the Federal Government.
Idris who was represented by the director at the office of the accountant general of the federation, Salawu Zubairu, in Lagos said the system provides a platform for payment of personnel emoluments and maintains a database for information and actions on the government workforce.
He said: “This position underscores the resolve by the Federal Government to evolve permanent solutions to hitches that may be observed in the operations of the policy.
“This training workshop, which is in line with this resolve, is meant to keep IPPIS Role Players abreast with the operations of the policy to enhance their capacity to take full ownership of their respective payrolls and efficiently discharge their responsibilities in the centralized platform.
“In introducing the IPPIS into the country’s public service, the government sought to entrench transparency and accountability in the management of the payroll system. Prior to the introduction of the IPPIS, the manual payroll system that was in operation made it impossible to determine the number of personnel in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were paid salaries due to non-availability of necessary data.”
Commenting on the implementation of new ideas and necessary strategies to block all leakages, he said it is apt to reiterate that the government will continually seek fresh ideas and adopt new strategies to sustain personnel management system and enhance the gains of the various financial management reform initiatives for the benefit of all Nigerians.
He added: I beseech you to give this training the necessary attention and make good use of the information on the operations of the policy. You must see this training as a call to national service. Your ability to honestly and correctly apply the ideas gained at this training becomes your own contribution to nation building.
At present, Nigeria needs men and women with high level of integrity, dexterity, honesty, diligence and sense of purpose to help reposition the country for the better. As a Role Player, you are an important part of the complex machinery that is meant to ensure the success of the IPPIS policy. Your schedule is a trust and you are expected to be above board. You should be agents of positive change and appreciable progress.