The Federal Government has moved to enforce its directive on automated payments of every allowance to civil servant and public office holder, in order to end issues of over withdrawals.
Minister of Finance, Mrs. KemiAdeosun, stated this yesterday in Abuja at a joint meeting with the security chiefs of paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior, on continuous audit and migration from manual to automated payment system.
According to her, the move was in line with the Presidential directive that everybody working under the Federal Government should be enrolled into the automated pay roll system by the end of the year.
“Both teams are working very hard on how to meet the deadline. This meeting is really on how to discuss the modalities and specifically, the number of allowances (non-credit allowances).
“We have to make sure that those allowances are paid directly to those concerned and the best way to do that is by automating the pay roll system, which is linked to BVN, so that every payment will be go to individuals specifically, rather than withdrawing them.”
Adeosun, said that the meeting was a continuation of audit meeting that started last week, aimed at bringing all paramilitary agency under the Ministry of Interior into the automated payment system, as it concerns salaries and allowances.
The minister disclosed that about N165 billion was being spent on salaries and allowances every month and lamented the continuous leakages and wastages that characterized Federal Government’s payment system, said that the government can no longer afford such a huge amount of money which is characterized by continuous leakages and wastages in the prevailing circumstances.