Ghost Workers: FG to delist unverified civil servants after October 27 deadline

The federal government says it will delist unverified civil servants from its payroll after the ongoing Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) verification exercise by October 27.

Mohammed Ahmed, a spokesman for the federal civil service, announced this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The federal began the implementation of the IPPIS in 2007 to attain transparency, accuracy, safety, and reliability in the management of personnel records and to curtail avoidable excesses in personnel costs.

The government had in September delisted over 17,000 government employees from the IPPIS platform for failing to comply with verification exercises spanning over five years before an additional two-week ultimatum was issued for the unverified officers.

According to the statement, the office of the HOCSF, being the repository of official records and information on all public servants, was saddled with the responsibility of cleansing the record on the payroll system.

“Driven by the government’s quest to curb ghost workers syndrome and block leakages through personnel cost, the implementation of IPPIS commenced with the Payroll module rather than the human resource component,” it stated.

The government noted that the office of the HOCSF conducted a series of verification exercises, which some civil servants were unable to get captured.

“The portal was, therefore, magnanimously reopened from October 3 to 13 for them to update their records. The officers were then asked to come to Abuja for the physical verification exercise as the office had already committed and exhausted the budgeted funds and unable to further deploy staff to the states for the exercise,” the statement explained.

It added, “However, the verification of records of all civil servants will be finalised at the end of the ongoing exercise. And any officer whose record could not be verified will be delisted from the payroll of government at the end of the two-week exercise on Friday, October 27.”