The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has reassured over 17,000 of its members who were reportedly delisted from the Federal Government’s payroll under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The association urged affected civil servants to remain calm as measures are underway to resolve the situation.
News of the delisting from the IPPIS portal, stemming from their alleged failure to comply with verification exercises spanning over five years, had caused apprehension.
In response to these developments, the National President of ASCSN, Comrade Okon alleged discrepancies in the IPPIS verification process and said that the portal contained names of “personal assistants, special advisers, and, in some cases, ministers who had served in successive governments.”
Comrade Okon told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the verification had occurred five years ago and expressed disappointment that some members, who are genuine civil servants, claimed ignorance of the exercise during its duration.
However, Comrade Okon assured that the association’s leadership had taken action.
He called on those with legitimate complaints, particularly those who had previously completed the online verification on the IPPIS portal, to submit scanned copies of their documents.
The office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has granted a one-week grace period for affected employees who were mistakenly omitted from the IPPIS portal to submit their documents for updating.
Comrade Okon also appealed to the head of service to consider extending the one-week deadline saying the process could be rigorous, adding that an extension would be a magnanimous gesture on the government’s part.
Writing by Joseph Agi; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Daniel Adejo