The Nigerian government has said it found about 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries in its Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) through the whistle-blowing policy.
According to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr. Babagana Monguno, the discovery was due to the expansion of the coverage of IPPIS against stiff opposition from some quarters.
He was speaking over the weekend in Abuja at the National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Security organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Also, the NSA revealed that deployment of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in more than 90% of all federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) has led to consolidation of more than 70,000 bank accounts previously spread across deposit money banks in the country, and a monthly saving of about N4 billion in bank charges.
Organised to share views on Nigeria’s security challenges and how corruption is fuelling the problems, Monguno explained that the adoption of Bank Verification Number (BVN) as part of validation process on IPPIS helped in detecting the” false and fraudulent entries.’
The rollout of IPPIS within MDAs had been resisted by some top government functionaries but the federal government had gone ahead to implement both the technology and the whistle-blower policy.