FG Saves N20bn On Salaries Monthly After Fishing Out Ghost Workers

The Federal Government says it has been saving about N20 billion on salaries monthly since it began to fish out ghost workers.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, said this while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja on the sideline of a workshop on cost management.

The workshop was organised for Directors and top civil servants of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

Isa-Dutse said that the drastic reduction in the cost of monthly wages was from N165 billion to N145 billion monthly.

He said this was done with the assistance of the Presidential Committee on Audit of MDAs. He said the committee had the responsibility of continuous auditing of MDAs’ salaries and wages.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Isa-Dutse had declared the workshop open on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun when she said the present administration was interested in cutting costs and giving value for money spent.

She said that the main aim of the workshop was to sensitise public officials to cost and share with them some tools to manage the cost.

“It is basically to train on how, as a government, we can manage our cost better. It is not only imperative that we look at ways to generate more money for government, but at the same time we must also manage our cost more efficiently.

“As we have seen even though revenue has gone down in the last couple of years, expenditure, particularly overhead has not gone down correspondingly and that has created fiscal pressures for the government.

” What we are doing is to look at whatever ways we can to generate more savings for the government to be run more efficiently.

“We want the savings realised from the efficiencies to be channeled into higher priority areas like infrastructure and social welfare spending,’’ she said

Head of the Efficiency Unit, Mrs Patience Oniha, said that in the last one year that the unit was established, it had saved the government about N15 billion.

The savings, she said, were from overheads and reduction in excessive foreign travels and other allowances.

The Head of the Efficiency Unit added that more funds would be saved by consciously eliminating waste of government resources.

She also said that the unit was working on several other items to be added to the list of cost cutting items.



FG Saves N185bn From IPPIS, Gets Rid Of 65,000 Ghost Workers

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah says the Federal Government has saved over N185 billion since the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Abah said this while presenting the “Status Report of Reforms” at a five-day Specialised Reforms/SERVICOM Training Programme in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said a lot of remarkable reforms had taken place in the civil service, including removal of 65,000 ghost workers from IPPIS.

“We started off with a completely inaccurate and unreliable payroll system since we put IPPIS in 2007, government has saved in the region of N185 billion and weeded 65,000 ghost workers.

“Recently, the Work Efficiently Unit has seen the identification of another 23,000 people that were collecting multiple salaries.

“IPPIS has been a great success but it has some challenges and it has some weakness.

“One of the weaknesses is that as soon as BPE put in place IPPIS after piloting it for a couple of years, it was basically taken over by accountants and they started with payroll instead with the HCSC – Head of Civil Service Commission.

“It is possible to get on the payroll without being known by the Federal Civil Service Commission that is why we still have issue with IPPIS but we are working on that and we hoping that complete HCSC switch will come on board in July.’’

He said that BPE was also working with the Efficient Unit to ensure that the salaries were linked with the Bank Verification Numbers.

Abah said that the civil servants shouldn’t allow people to accuse them of not doing well, saying that some of the reforms were working in spite of challenges.

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Removal Of 23,846 Ghost Workers Saves FG N2.29bn Monthly- Minister

The Federal Government said on Sunday that the removal of 23,846 non-existing workers from its payroll had led to a monthly reduction of N2.29bn in its salary bill.

It stated that through the ongoing Bank Verification Number-based staff audit and enrolment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, the amount spent on payment of salaries to government workers reduced by N2.29bn in February when compared to what it was in December 2015.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, confirmed the development in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Mr Festus Akanbi.

The minister in the statement said the ministry was working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to recover the outstanding balance in banks and pensions contributed in respect of the deleted workers.

The statement reads in part, “Through the ongoing BVN-based staff audit and enrolment to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, the Federal Government has removed 23,846 non-existent workers from its payroll.

“Consequently, the salary bill for February 2016 has reduced by N2.293bn when compared to December 2015 at which time the BVN audit process commenced.”

The ministry said the figure represented a percentage of the number of non-existent workers, who had hitherto been receiving salaries from various ministries, departments and agencies.

It added that it was investigating other suspected cases in conjunction with the EFCC.

“The Federal Government is also taking actions to pursue recovery of salary balances in bank accounts as well as any pension contributions in respect of the deleted workers.

“This involves active collaboration with the concerned banks and the National Pension Commission,” the statement added.

The minister stated that the Military Pension Board had revised the amount payable as its pension contributions on a monthly basis by N575m, following its annual verification for military retirees.

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See How Much Buhari Saved Using TSA

President Buhari says he has so far saved 2.2 trillion Naira using the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The President gave the revelation while interacting with a cross section of the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom on the side-line of the Supporting Syria Conference in London.

He berated the past administration for operating several accounts with which they siphoned money belonging to Nigerians vowing not to relent in the fight against corruption.

President Buhari said that he would make every Nigerian accountable and that money recovered so far can fund the country’s deficit and infrastructure development.

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El-Rufa’i Saves Over N1.2b In Three Months, Says Special Adviser

Less than three months of his assumption, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has saved over N1.2billion for the government. This was made possible by his the policies of blocking leakages and cutting cost of running government, embarked upon within the period in review.

The Special Adviser on Politics to the governor, Alhaji Uba Sani, who made this disclosure in a chat with journalists, explained that the money was recovered from the free essential commodities, like rice millets, maize, sugar, groundnut oil etc, which were being shared to some wealthy people in the state during every Ramadan Fasting, Sallah and Christmas.

According to him, over N500m each was recovered from both festivity gifts, sponsorship to Hajj and Jerusalem pilgrimages annually by the state government, while the rest was recovered from the bio-metric exercise of government workers, as well as the voluntary cutting of salaries to half.

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Man Saves Coins For 20Years To Marry Childhood Sweetheart

A Chinese man has kept his promise of marrying his childhood sweetheart after saving coins for nearly 20 years to have enough money to buy a diamond ring.

“I will save money from now on until marrying you when I grow up.” This was what nine-year-old Liangliang (pseudonym) said to his childhood sweetheart in 1996.

From that day on, the Fuyang city native began saving from the pocket money that his parents gave him. Initially, the savings were all in the form of coins. As a symbol of his commitment to his love, he continued to maintain that and kept the savings in coins.

With loads of coins weighing over 150 kilograms and valued over 10,000 yuan (1,609 US dollars), Liangliang finally bought a diamond ring on Tuesday to propose to his beloved, according to China Foto Press report on Thursday.

“Do you still remember what I said 20 years ago? Now I have saved enough to buy a ring. Will you marry me?” he said, moving his ladylove to tears.

In the 20 years through which Liangliang had been saving up, the two sustained their friendship despite being in different cities. In fact, they met only on a few occasions each year when she traveled back to Fuyang for family gatherings.

And it was when she finally decided to return and settle down back in her hometown that Liangliang finally managed to pop the question.

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