FG flags off IPPIS HR sensitisation training

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The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, in conjunction with the World Bank held sensitisation training for selected officers across all Grade Levels from 12 core Ministries, Departments and Agencies from 6th – 8th September, 2022 on the importance and gains of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), to also familiarise Civil Servants with the Fiscal Governance Institution Project of the World Bank.

In the Opening Remarks, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office (CMO) in the Office of the Head of Service, Dr. (Engr.) Marcus Ogunbiyi, FNSE, disclosed that the Fiscal Governance Institution Project has the potential of consolidating on the achievements of the implementation of the IPPIS Human Resource Module in the Federal Civil Service. She made this known, while addressing participants during a sensitisation training, which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Hall in Abuja.

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Dr. Yemi – Esan said that the IPPIS Service Wide Department domiciled in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has the statutory responsibility for the full deployment and management of the IPPIS Human Resource component of the core MDAs, which is being pursued in accordance with the intention of governing the project guidelines, design and framework within the approved timeframe, in line with public policy implementation highest standards.

She stressed that the implementation of IPPIS in core MDAs, seeks to achieve the overall objectives of improving the effective and efficient ways of storing personnel records and attaining transparency, accuracy, safety and accountability in their management. 
The Head of Service said that the major achievement of IPPIS is the verification of Human Resource records of all employees in all core and non-core MDAs, an exercise that is nearing completion. She further revealed that this exercise has not only sanitised the HR record but has changed the its record keeping and retrieval.

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Mr. Emmanuel Meribole said that the HR module is one of the pillars of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021 – 2025 (FCSSIP 25), which is to prepare Civil Servants for the journey towards transformation.

He added that the effective implementation of the IPPIS – HR Module in the entire Civil Service would lead to improved staff competencies and skills, enhance productivity and human resource administration, which will lead to a result – based performance necessary for repositioning the Civil Service.

He also urged participants to view the Sessions as a matter of national importance, demanding dispassionate deliberations and to, assiduously, transmit the outcome to their various Ministries to ensure having an IPPIS HR that is reliable, credible and free from corrupt HR data.

Dr.  Meribole applauded the World Bank and assured them that the support will be optimally utilized to guarantee the maintenance of a transparent, and accountable IPPIS platform that will eliminate the ghost workers’ syndrome, reduce personnel cost, enhance economic planning, amongst other benefits.

Speaking earlier, the World Bank Senior Public Sector Specialist and Co-Task Team Leader for Fiscal Governance and Institutional Project, Mrs. Maya Gusarova, expressed appreciation to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, (OHCSF) for partnering with the Institution.

She said that Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS) is one of the core government systems which contain personal information of all employees and support decision making in HR management, further stating that no public sector or government Institution can function transparently without proper deployment of digital technology.

The World Bank Specialist announced that the benefits of the full deployment of IPPIS and HRMIS modules is tremendous and worthwhile, adding that this will take the Nigerian Civil Service to a world – class standard that will accelerate national development as envisaged in the FCSSIP 25.

* M. A. Ahmed is Deputy Director, Communications, OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

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