President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the federal government will only pay the salaries of workers captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform.

The President said this on Thursday, October 8, during the presentation of the proposed 2021 Budget of #13 trillion to the joint session of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

President Buhari, while giving a breakdown of the performance of the 2020 budget, explained that the decision not to pay federal workers not captured on the IPPIS was to reduce personnel cost.

He said, “Personnel cost is still our largest single item of expenditure. In the 7 months to 31st July 2020, it accounted for 34 percent of total Federal Government spending and is projected at 33 percent of 2021 expenditure. To check the incidence of payments to non-existent personnel and unauthorized allowances, only Federal staff that have been captured on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (‘IPPIS’) platform will receive salaries. All agencies have been directed to ensure that they obtain all necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment. Any breach of these directives will be severely sanctioned.”

Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on strike due to disagreement with the federal government over IPPIS and other matters.



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