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FG saves N10 trillion from TSA – AGF

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The federal government has saved over N288 billion through the implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) from April 2007 till date.

Office of the Account General of the Federation (OAGF) revealed this on Thursday in Abuja when the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation visited the office on Peer Review Mechanism of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) exercise.

The presentation was made by the Director of Information Technology Department of the OAGF, Afolabi Ajayi.

Mr Ajayi said the IPPIS scheme was one of the federal government’s reform initiatives designed to achieve a centralised payroll system of the government.

He said the IPPIS also facilitated easy storage, updating and retrieval of personal records for administrative and pensions processing to aid manpower planning and budgeting as well as to comply with global best practice.

Mr Ajayi explained that money saved was as a result of the difference between the amount government would have released to those MDAs based on appropriation and the actual amount released and paid through IPPIS.

“The IPPIS has made it possible for prompt and regular payment of salaries to public servants.

“The system has also facilitated prompt deductions and remittances to the accounts of all third parties stakeholders such as PFAs, NHIS, NHF and cooperative societies.

“506 MDAs with total staff strength of 344,625 are on the IPPIS platform with the gross pay of about N49.07 billion as at Sept. 2018,” he disclosed.

Mr Ajayi revealed that the federal government had also collected over N10 trillion from the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) from 1,674 MDAs.

He said under TSA, government was able to save over N45 billion monthly in interest on ways and means that it used to pay before the full implementation of the TSA.

Mr Ajayi disclosed that N50 billion had so far been mopped up from commercial banks as a result of TSA implementation.

“Other achievements recorded since TSA became fully operational include the elimination of cash handling costs and ability to determine consolidated federal government cash position.

“There has also been significant improvement on Federal Government liquidity position, improved revenue collection mechanism through e-collection and better cash management capabilities,” he said.

Mr Ajayi said the OAGF was also handling the asset management project, which was established mainly for tracking, monitoring and management of all Federal Government’s fixed assets.

“The project is also tasked to devalue the registered assets using approved methods of revaluation or depreciation.

“We are also to recommend those assets to be disposed of, regenerated, or relocated to other centres that need them,” he said.

Mr Ajayi said through the project, a real-time database of all government’s properties, plants and equipment would be created to ensure proper utilisation.

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NITDA licenses 27 data protection firms

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The Federal Government has licensed 27 data protection companies to guard against data theft and privacy violation in the country.

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja  during the commemoration of World Privacy Day.

Abdullahi said the 27 data protection companies had together generated N2 billion worth industry and created over 1000 jobs in the last six months.

“We have issued licences to 27 Data Protection Companies that have created over 1000 jobs and generated a sector currently valued at about N2 billion. We have also inaugurated the Data Breach Investigation Team and built capacity of the Police Enforcement Team’’, he said.

The NITDA DG also said the companies would work together to stem the tide of cybercrimes in the country. He said a number of investigations over data breaches had been carried out while parties involved in data breaches had been given compliance notices.

Speaking at the forum, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said the Federal Government would not allow Nigerians’ data and online privacy to be violated.

Pantami, who said digital economy growth could not take place without adequate guarantee of data protection, added that FG was stepping up efforts at curbing cybercrimes in the country.

In his keynote address, an IT security expert, Mr Hakeem Ajijola said the Internet has reached a pivotal point, where some level of regulation was required to ensure the stability, integrity and survivability of the platform.

He explained that there were fine lines between suitable legislation, regulation, censorship and abuse of digital rights.

28th January every year has been dedicated as the International Data Privacy Day.

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NDDC: Buhari to appoint new board members

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President Muhammadu Buhari will recompose the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and send to the Senate for confirmation.

He made this known via a letter to the Senate – which was read out by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the start of plenary on Tuesday.

“The Senate may wish to note that after the dissolution of the board of the NDDC, an interim management team was set up to manage the affairs of the commission before a new board was composed and sent for Senate confirmation.

“The Senate is invited to note that while the composition and Senate confirmation of the appointment of the board was ongoing, I had directed that the forensic audit of the Commission be carried out which is being overseen by the constituted interim management team.

“Based on this and in order to allow for uninterrupted process of the forensic investigation, the board appointment confirmed by the Senate had to be put on hold to allow the interim team continue to manage the commission pending the outcome of the forensic audit. Thereafter, a new board of the commission will be recomposed for the confirmation by the Senate,” the letter reads.

The Senate had in November 2019, confirmed the 15 nominees sent by the president as NDDC board members. Mr Buhari had sent the names of the nomineesled by an Edo State politician, Pius Odubu, to the Senate in October.

The president, however, refused to inaugurate the nominees, following the clearance by the Senate. During the confirmation process, the president ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the organisation from 2001 to 2019.

Also, before the nominees where cleared by the Senate, the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, named an interim management committee for the NDDC.

The lawmakers had said there was no need for the interim committee and that they would not recognise them. They are, however, compelled to screen and confirm the recomposed board nominees.

Mr Akpabio has, since assuming office, lamented the level of corruption at the NDDC, describing the place as an ‘ATM’ where officials looted government funds at will.

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IPPIS: FG stops salaries of ASUU members, strike looms

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Following the refusal of the staff of the federal tertiary institutions in Nigeria to be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, the Federal Government has ordered that the salaries of the concerned staff be stopped immediately

The affected federal government staff, who will not be paid salaries from January, are members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU.

According to a letter from the office of the Accountant General of the federation, signed by the Director of IPPIS, Olufehinti, O. J, dated January 21, 2020, and directed to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the minister was ordered not to release funds for the payment of January salaries of the tertiary institutions.

The letter captioned, “Request for stoppage of release of funds for January Salaries to federal universities, Polytechnics and colleges of education”, was silent on whether the non-payment of salaries will affect the non-teaching staff, who have enrolled under the scheme.

The letter reads, “I am directed to inform you that the preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and warrant of the federal tertiary institutions are on-gong and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020.

“This is to give effect to the directive of the federal government that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies drawing personnel cost from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, CRF, should be enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS.

“In order to actualise this directive, you are please requested not to release the funds for payment of salaries to the tertiary institutions as their salaries will henceforth be paid on the IPPIS platform with effect from January 2020.”

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