Uche Usim, Abuja
The Federal government has warned recalcitrant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of unpalatable consequences following their blatant refusal to move their payroll to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), as directed President Muhammadu Buhari a few years ago.
IPPIS was conceptualized in October 2006 by the Federal Government as one of its reform programmes, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in the storage of personnel records and administration of monthly payroll in such a way to enhance confidence in staff emolument costs and budgeting.
The Accountant General of the Federation Mr. Ahmed Idris dropped the bombshell on Friday in Abuja while receiving the Acting Inspector General of Police Mr. Abubakar Adamu who was at the Treasury House on a courtesy visit.
According to him, his office was determined in ensuring total compliance to President Buhari’s directive on IPPIS, which he said may attract sanctions in the process.
Ahmed, while commending the Nigeria Police for showing an example by complying with the directive on IPPIS said the police’s full migration to the platform has paved way for the enrollment of the Nigeria Military.
“This has further demonstrated the robustness of the platform and our avowed commitment to transparent, accountable and efficient management of the Nation’s funds in line with global best practice”, he said.
The AGF, also congratulated the Ag Inspector-General of Police on his appointment, describing it as well deserved and expressed optimism that given his sterling qualities and performances so far in office, the AGF prayed that the Acting IGP would soon be confirmed to a substantive Inspector- General of police.
Furthermore, the Accountant –General of the Federation underscored the enormous roles the Nigeria Police play in maintaining peace and security in the country, saying there is a need for the Police to be supported with adequate funding. He assured the continued support of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in ensuring that all approvals due to the Nigeria police are timely released to enable them effectively deliver on their mandate to the Nigeria people.
Earlier in his remarks, the Ag Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, extolled the cordial relationship existing between the Nigerian Police and the OAGF, describing it as “a very strategic partnership in the business of policing the nation”.
He commended the Accountant –General of the Federation Mr. Ahmed Idris for his exemplary leadership which has culminated in the effective implementation of the various financial reforms which has helped the Nigeria police in meeting most her financial challenges.
Mr. Adamu called for more collaboration between the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Nigeria Police.