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Aggrieved Civil Servants Protest In Abuja Over FG’s Directive On IPPIS Enrolment




Some aggrieved federal civil servants have protested the poorly planned process of capturing their data into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

Naija News understands that the federal government had directed about 17,000 federal civil servants yet uncaptured to input their details into the database of the IPPIS.

It was gathered that since May, the salaries of some workers had been stopped because their details were yet to be captured by the IPPIS.

The registration exercise held in one centre at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Kubwa Expressway, Abuja, saw affected workers trooping to Abuja, from all locations across the country.

The aggrieved workers whose salaries have been suspended said that on Monday, only 30 people were attended to by officials of the IPPIS.

However, on Tuesday, the news of some of their colleagues who were coming to Abuja from Maiduguri for the IPPIS verification and had an accident at Gombe sparked a protest at the centre of verification in Abuja.

According to SaharaReporters, a source said things got violent on Tuesday morning, and they broke a glass.

The source said, ”There is ongoing protest now in Abuja by federal civil servants who have not been paid since May and were asked to come to Abuja for IPPIS verification and recapturing exercise over the death of one of their colleagues among 20 others travelling to Abuja from Gombe.

“As we speak, there are about 5,000 people gathered at the centre this morning, many of them nursing mothers, and more are still on their way from across the country.

“The protesters are demanding for the decentralisation of the exercise to lessen the burden and frustration of the affected workers.

“South-West can do theirs in Lagos, South-East in Enugu or somewhere there and same for other regions instead of asking 17000 to come to Abuja and only doing 30 in one day.”

The source also disclosed that the angry workers planned to take the protest to the office of the federal civil service boss, however, the IPPIS officials at the centre called on police operatives, who allegedly tear-gassed them after violence erupted.

Reacting to this, one of the affected workers told the platform that the government was insensitive despite the economic hardship they are currently facing due to the non-payment of their salaries since May, when they decided that all the workers must show up at Abuja for the physical screening.

The registration exercise for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) started in May 2017, and it was repeated in subsequent years and concluded in April 2023.