The federal government has suspended many civil servants across several Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) over their alleged involvement in salary padding on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
This development was made known by RMAFC chairman, Mohammed Bello Shehu, on Monday, June 12.
Shehu noted that those identified had been placed on suspension pending the conclusion of the investigation.CONTINUE READING>>>>>
He added that the affected civil servants manipulated the IPPIS system to pad their salaries above their threshold.
A source, while confirming the development, said that an assistant director at the OAGF in charge of staff’ salary connived with some employees to pad up the salaries of unspecified number of lower cadre workers.
He noted that the scheme was discovered when a level 7 officer whose salary should be in the range of N60,000 was paid over N400,000, which was in the range of a salary package of a direct. ….. Continue Your Reading
He added that an assistant director deployed in the IPPIS unit of the RMAFC is also undergoing probe over salary padding.
The source said that, “The assistant director in connivance with some staff members are deep in the salary padding racket.
“The alarm blew recently when a level 7 officer, whose salary should be in the range of N60,000 was paid over N400,000, which is the salary package for a director.
“What happened was that another colleague on same salary scale saw the pay slip of a female colleague with a net pay of over N400,000.
“He tried to get details of the excess payment but was rebuffed.
“Following the cold attitude from his colleague, the aggrieved staff raised the alarm and a committee was set up to investigate the matter,” he added.
Meanwhile, the OAGF, while reacting to the development in a statement, said that, “We are in receipt of enquiries over alleged ‘salary padding’ on the IPPIS involving some unspecified MDAs.”
“In the meantime, a staff suspected to be connected with the breach has been suspended to allow for thorough investigation.
“All necessary steps are being taken to strengthen the controls around the IPPIS payment platform and an independent forensic audit of the entire payroll system is underway to ascertain if the reported breach is isolated or widespread.
“If the indicted officials were found culpable of the salary padding allegations, they would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.