Seventy-seven federal agencies have yet to submit their structures and other relevant documents for upload onto the online platform of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) despite the directive from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
The OHCSF had earlier issued two circulars asking the affected agencies to make documents available in order to enable their employees to have access to the portal and update their records.
The PUNCH reported exclusively on Friday that the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued a fresh circular on the matter.
In the new circular dated October 29, 2019 and marked HCSF/CSO/HRM/M.1278/I/95, Yemisi-Esan said MDAs that had not complied with the directive and those that were enrolled after the closure of the portal had till November 6, 2019 to comply.
She threatened to stop the salaries of defaulting MDAs. According to a document seen by our correspondent on Friday on the website of OHCSF, 77 federal agencies are still defaulting. A breakdown of the figure shows that the defaulting agencies include 21 federal colleges of education; 24 federal polytechnics and 32 MDAs.
Included in the list of MDAs are the Directorate of State Security Services, Nigeria Intelligence Agency, National Open University, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps, Industrial Training Fund, Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria French Language Village, the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, Industrial Arbitration Panel, National Mathematical Centre, and the National Commission for Mass Literacy among others.
Affected federal colleges of education include Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; Federal College of Education, Osiele; Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka; Alvan Ikoku College of Education; Federal College of Education, Kano; Federal College of Education, Zaria; Federal College of Education, Gusau; Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi; Federal College of Education, Yola; and Federal College of Education, Umunze among others.
Federal polytechnics affected include Yaba College of Technology; Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri; Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro; Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State; Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra; Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic, Offa; Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; and Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe Yenagoa among others. In the Friday’s report, The PUNCH reported the Federal Government had given some categories of civil servants till November 30 to update their human resources records on the IPPIS platform or risk their salaries being stopped.
Those affected by the directive are employees of non-core MDAs and newly employed members of staff of core MDAs who were enrolled into IPPIS platform from January 1, 2017 till date.
The report quoted Yemi-Esan recalling that as part of activities towards the final roll-out of the HR Module of IPPIS, her office had earlier issued two circulars requesting all federal public servants on the platform to update their records via an online portal provided for that purpose.
She said the exercise was rounded up and the portal was closed on May 23, 2018 to pave the way for the service-wide physical verification which was also completed for all core MDAs.
She disclosed that the online portal had been reopened for the affected civil servants to update their records.
While recalling that MDAs were also requested to submit their structures and other relevant documents for upload to enable their employees have access to the portal and update their records, Yemi-Esan said MDAs that have not complied with the directive and those that were enrolled after the closure of the portal have till November 6, 2019 to comply.
She listed the required documents to include updated nominal roll, list of IPPIS role players in line with attached template and list of established cadres and positions/ranks. She said, “It should be noted that the portal will be open for the affected officers from October 30, 2019 to November 30, 2019. “It is pertinent to emphasise that failure by any MDA and /or employee to comply with the content of this circular will lead to stoppage of the salary of the entire MDA and/or the affected employee on the IPPIS Platform.
“Please bring the content of this circular to the attention of all concerned for full compliance.” The circular was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President; the Deputy Chief of Staff; Secretary to the Government of the Federation; all ministers and ministers of state; all permanent secretaries; all special advisers /senior special assistants and the National Security Adviser.
Other recipients of the circular are the Chief of Defence Staff; service chiefs; the Inspector-General of Police; chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission; chairman, Police Service Commission; Accountant-General of the Federation; Auditor-General of the Federation: Surveyor-General of the Federation; the Chief Registrar, Supreme Court of Nigeria and heads of other government agencies and parastatals among others.