Jigawa civil servants raise alarm over alleged commercialisation of IPPS enrollment

Civil servants in Jigawa State have accused officials carrying out the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) exercise of receiving bribes from workers.

Some of the civil servants raised concerns while reacting to the conduct of the exercise in local governments across the state.

DAILY POST reported that Governor Umar Namadi of Jigawa State has ordered the immediate verification and enrollment of civil servants into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS).

The exercise is part of the present administration’s efforts to improve service delivery.

According to him, “the exercise has nothing to do with retrenchment or witch-hunting anyone but is rather meant to enhance the efficiency of the state’s civil service.

“Without accurate data, the government will not be able to plan well on how to implement the agenda blueprint and recruit more civil servants to fill the available gaps.

“The benefits of the IPPS to the state include efficiency, data accuracy, timely disbursement of salaries, transparency, cost savings, and data security.”

However, Malam Musa, a primary school teacher, accused officials of the exercise of jeopardizing the government’s effort by collecting money from individuals or groups for them to be verified.

“We have spent two days visiting the designated venue for the verification but only those who have given something (money) are attended to.

“I was here since morning and my name was on the main list, and they have another list for only those who have given out money.

“They used to come out in the morning and close by 4:00 pm, leaving hundreds of workers stranded,” he alleged.

Similarly, Malam Murtala, a primary school teacher in Ringim Local Government told DAILY POST that he visited the verification venue for three days but was not verified.

“They attend to people who have contributed money.

“I learnt that the staff of Gunduma Health Centre paid them N60,00, Ringim Emirates paid N100,000, College of Islamic and Legal Studies Ringim paid N150,000 and the staff of Ringim General Hospital paid N100,000 for the verification,” he alleged.

They urged Governor Namadi to checkmate the activities of the officials carrying out the verification exercise.

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