There is growing tension within the Nigerian civil service over the delisting of 17,000 members from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) portal. The delisting was reportedly carried out by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF) for failing to comply with verification exercises spanning over five years.
The affected employees who are on the payroll of the federal government have already been instructed to maintain their composure while steps are being taken to handle the matter by the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN.
The National President of the ASCSN, Comrade Tommy Etim Okon, responded to the development on Tuesday by alleging that there were also some inconsistencies in the IPPIS verification process. He revealed that names of Personal Assistants (PAs), Special Advisers (SAs), and in some cases Ministers who had served in previous governments were discovered in the portal.
The ASCSN has called on the HoSF to reinstate the affected workers immediately. The association has also threatened to embark on industrial action if the HoSF does not heed its demands.
The tension in the civil service over the delisting of 17,000 members is a serious concern. It is important for the HoSF to address the concerns of the affected workers and to ensure that they are treated fairly.
The HoSF has said that the delisting was carried out in order to clean up the IPPIS payroll and to ensure that only legitimate workers are paid. The HoSF has also said that the affected workers were given adequate notice and that they have the opportunity to appeal their delisting.
Tommy Etim Okon, the National President of the ASCSN, responded to the development on Tuesday by alleging that there were also some inconsistencies in the IPPIS verification process. He revealed that names of Personal Assistants (PAs), Special Advisers (SAs), and in some cases Ministers who had served in previous administrations were discovered in the portal.
He said, “We called your attention to what we heard or information at our disposal just a few days ago, we received 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.
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.