Senate Lauds IPPS As FG Save N243bn In Three Years - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Senate Lauds IPPS As FG Save N243bn In Three Years



The Chairman of Senate Committee on Finance; Senator Solomon Adeola, has commended the introduction of the Integrated Personel and Payroll Information Systems, IPPIS,  in all Federal Government establishments, saying the system enabled Nigeria to save a whopping N243 Billion in less than three years.

Adeola gave the commendation during the 2020 Budget defense by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF when the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idriss disclosed that the system was working in all MDAs except universities and polytechnics where the payment system is being resisted.

The All Progressives Congress Senator (APC, Lagos West), in a statement by Chief Kayode Odunaro; His media aide, and made available tp The Daily Crucible, noted that his committee would not do any budget defense in secret for all agencies under it.

He explained that the budget remained  a public document, adding that  more fund could be saved from agencies of government if expenditures follow strictly the laws of the land instead of rampant usage of ‘Circulars’ or ‘memos’ to authorize expenditure of such agencies.

“I am glad and want to commend the government for this huge savings on recurrent as established by the Accountant General. There is every need to reduce the huge chunk of recurrent to free fund for capital projects for the people in our budget and the IPPIS is a good system that is working” he stated.

“Henceforth the issue of using circulars and memos to authorize expenditure must stop as it will no longer be tolerated for breaching the laws of the land. Money must be spent according to laws passed by the National Assembly and the constitution of Nigeria. 

"If any agencies want to spend funds in a particular manner not envisage in the Act establishing them or the Constitution, they must come by way of amendment to the National Assembly and not spend money based on circulars,” he stated.

Earlier, the Accountant General of the Federation  told the Committee that the IPPIS saved the nation N60 billion in 2017, N103 billion in 2018 and N80 billion  in 2019 with the Military and paramilitary organization already captured adding that only the universities and polytechnics are resisting coming on board.

Mr. Idriss told the committee that it is presently constructing Federal Pay Offices in Jos, Kano Enugu and Uyo to avoid paying huge sums for rented offices at an average cost of N130millio stressing that more of such offices will be constructed in states where there is none as soon as land and funds are available.

From Jane Okafor, Abuja

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