Tension Over Removal of 17,000 Workers from IPPIS Portal

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Currently, there is evident tension among the core civil servants as 17, 000 workers have been removed from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS. The 17,000 affected employees were said to have been removed from the IPPIS list for failing to comply with verification exercises for over five years.

However, the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has instructed the affected workers to remain calm as measures are being taken to address the situation.

Reacting to this development, the National President of ASCSN, Comrade Tommy Etim Okon, alleged that there were also some inconsistencies in the IPPIS verification process; revealing that names of Personal Assistants (PAs), Special Advisers (SAs) and in some cases Ministers who had served in previous governments were found on the portal.

He however noted that the office of the Head of Service of the Federation has given a one week grace for employees who were mistakenly omitted from the IPPIS portal to forward their documents for update, provided they have genuine cases.

He said, “We called your attention to what we heard or information at our disposal just few days ago; we received an information that over 17,000 workers in the core civil service did not carry out the online verification which was done by the office of the Head of Service of the Federation.

“Quickly we swung into action to interface with the government through the HoSF and by that singular act, there was need for us to talk to our members, and that informed the reasons, because we have seen a lot of apprehension from our members. Receiving several phone calls, then we also looked at the timing because of the socio-economic challenges.

“We went deep into the document where we also realised that even in some government agencies, we realised that names of PAs, SAs and some Ministers were included in the IPPIS portal, whereas those people were political office holders in their own rights in various regimes.”

He also said that a committee has already been set up in the office of the HoSF to handle the issue of life line available to the affected workers, and advised those with genuine complaints, who have already done the online verification on the portal of the IPPIS to submit a scanned copy of their document to the provided email address.

Comrade Okon said the one week grace given by the HoSF was rather too short, stressing that the government should in its generosity extend it because of the rigours involved.

He said, “You know it is always said that when you want to kill a dog, you give it a bad name; that maybe, justifies the inclusion of SAs, PAs to the bad name in quote. They came up with claims that civil servants don’t come to work; they just sit down at home and collect salaries. We said capital No to that.

“These information is very important to our members and we are calling all our members to remain calm because the HoSF is doing her best to see that those workers who were genuinely captured and verified with evidence of clearance will be brought back to the payroll.

“The HoSF has given a window of one week to ensure that if you were verified genuinely on the online portal of IPPIS, that you should submit the scanned copy to the email that has been provided. You can also submit the document to the committee, which has already been set up in the office of the HoSF.

“Let me also say this to our members, this exercise was not carried out last week; it has been over five years but one is taken aback why some of us became recalcitrant to things that affect our career, and even our family.

“We know that a civil servant is responsible to more than 10 people in the family, and when you take into cognisance the extended African culture, you realise that a civil servant does not only earn his salary but does so with every other member of the family.

“So it is on this note that we call on the government to exercise restraint over this exercise and give a good window; so that we can select those who visited the portal and did the online verification and certified, whose names are appearing in this document, so that names should be excluded.”

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