Adeosun: How FG Plans to Cut Cost of Governance


Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to reduce the cost of governance through fool-proof automated payroll system.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Director, Special Projects in the ministry and Head of the Continuous Audit Task Team, Mohammed Dikwa gave the reassurance in Abuja on Tuesday while briefing journalists on the series of meetings with heads of the paramilitary agencies on the need to hook up their payroll to automated platforms such as Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and Government Financial Management and Information System (GFMIS).

The agencies include the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Nigeria Prison Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, and Federal Fire Service.

Adeosun noted that in compliance with the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, every ministry, agency would be incorporated into the automated platforms in order to guarantee a transparent financial control system devoid of leakages.

She noted that a situation where the government commits about N165 billion monthly on wage bill alone was unsustainable, adding that all leakages that are capable of reducing the cost of governance would be plugged.

Adeosun said it was imperative that every employee of the federal government is under the automated system, pointing out that it was the only way to ensure integrity and easier financial control.