- Consultant gets marching order
BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – The challenges currently dogging Nigeria Police’s enrollment on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform will soon be a thing of the past.
Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris gave the assurance in Abuja, insisting that the worrying state of affairs is totally unacceptable
He therefore pledged to personally oversee the process of resolving all pending issues for effective service delivery.
Mr Idris assured a Nigeria Police Force (NPF) delegation, led by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Abdul Salami Iyaji that all problematic issues must be thoroughly handled and dispensed with without further delay.
The delegation delivered a letter from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and discussed other matters of mutual interest with the AGF who directed the Police to submit all the relevant documents requested by the IPPIS department to his office for a speedy resolution of all outstanding issues.
He Idris also ordered the IPPIS Consultant, Messers Soft Alliance to immediately deploy additional personnel to ensure all areas of concern are effectively addressed within the shortest time possible.
On the complaints about shortfalls in salary payment, the AGF explained that said this has to do with statutory deductions on the IPPIS platform which is applicable to every employee on the platform, adding that some of these include the National Housing Fund(NHF), which is 2.5% of the basic salary, Employees Pension and PAYE tax as stipulated by the Joint Tax Board (JTB).
Speaking on the issue of newly promoted police officers, Idris urged the Police authorities to make a comprehensive list of all officers involved, indicating their IPPIS numbers, stressing that this would ensure the matter is addressed holistically to avoid any body being left out of the payment.
He also challenged the Force to properly to educate their officers and men on these issues, adding that there is no going back on Mr. President’s directive to enroll the NPF and other Security Agencies on the IPPIS platform for transparency and accountability in the nation’s financial system.
In his remarks, AIG, Iyaji said the Police is ready to cooperate with the OAGF towards ensuring greater efficiency in the Police enrollment which he described as successful, but with minor adjustment required to address observed challenges.
He also assured that the Police’s commitment towards educating and enlightening their personnel on the mandatory deductions and other benefits of IPPIS, which he noted ai a very good initiative that Nigerians must support as part of efforts to sanitize the financial system