The introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government has so far led to the discovery of 46,821 ghost workers and saved the nation N118.9 billion. The Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME) and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also declared that contrary to misconceptions in some quarters, a higher growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the fulcrum on which inclusive growth in economy revolves.
Okonjo-Iweala, who presented her ministry’s scorecard alongside her Minister of State counterpart, Dr. Yerima Ngama, at the 2013 Ministerial Platform in Abuja, Monday, said IPPIS had enhanced efficient personnel cost planning and budgeting. She added that personnel cost is now based on actual verified numbers and not estimates. She explained that 215 MDAs, with a total workforce of 153,019 staff, were on IPPIS as at January 2013, and 46,821 of them where discovered to be ghost workers.