26 September 2023

NIGERIA: Officers urged to fast track digitisation

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Nigerian Public Servants have been urged to speed up the implementation of the digitalisation process being championed by the Federal Government.

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan said senior officers had made a good start on the process, but she was concerned there were some pockets of workers who were being left behind.

“I encourage Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure their workers are trained to be computer savvy as the journey to digitalisation capacity is critical,” Dr Yemi-Esan (pictured) said.

“As such, computer literacy is now mandatory for all Federal Civil Servants,” she said.

“You are either on the digital train or you will be left at the train station.”

Meanwhile, Dr Yemi-Esan announced that at least 3,657 Public Servants had been taken before the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for failing to be verified on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

She said a total of 61,446 workers from the core Ministries, Departments and Agencies had now been verified.

“Another 1,618 applicants were found to have used illegal or fake letters of appointment, while 874 officers have been suspended from the IPPIS platform because they didn’t update their records and are so assumed to be ghost workers,” the Head of the Civil Service said.

“This process is saving about N180 million ($A620,000) on a monthly basis.”

Dr Yemi-Esan noted that promotion of Public Servants was no longer automatic “as only those who performed well will be recommended for promotion by the Office of the Head of Service”.

Abuja, 22 July 2022

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