The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, OAGF, has raised the alarm over alleged sabotage on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, following the delay in the payment of April 2020 salaries of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the country.
The alarm was contained in a statement by the OAGF in Abuja in reaction to reports that the April 2020 salary of military and paramilitary personnel was delayed, due to incapability and inexperience of the operators of the IPPIS.
The OAGF, however, explained that the delay in the salary payment “was due to the unexpected lockdown in the country, which led to late submission of variations by the agencies concerned and the need to accommodate their inputs in the April payroll accordingly”.
“The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) Department in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation confirmed that as at Friday May 8, 2020, the Armed Forces personnel had been paid,” the statement noted.
The statement noted further that officials at the IPPIS office had given assurance that the salaries would be paid between 4th and 8th May, 2020 before the allegations became public.
The OAGF, therefore, lamented that “such report has the potency to incite the Armed Forces and the public against the operations of the IPPIS”.
The OAGF stressed that its staffers at the IPPIS department are “competent professionals, who have demonstrated the will and capacity to get the job done”.
This, the OAGF noted, is “despite distractions and opposition from some quarters, whose objectives are to sabotage the government policy that has saved the nation over N361 billion.”