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House Directs Security Agencies, Others To Appear Before It Today

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The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee probing employment racketeering and gross mismanagement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by agencies of Government has directed that the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce and the Police as well as intelligence agencies, among others, to appear before it on Wednesday.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Yusuf Gagdi, who issued the directive during the continuation of the hearing, expressed displeasure over their absence even though they were duly invited.

Mr Gagdi said so far eighteen agencies have failed to honour the invitation of the committee, which includes ten security agencies.

“The agencies that failed to honour the Committee’s invitation included the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, the Nigerian Communication Commission, the Nigerian Post Services, the Nigerian Frequency Management Council, Galaxy backbone, National Identity Management Commission, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Fire Service, Nigerian Police Force, Defence Intelligence Agency, State Security Service, National Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Navy must appear tomorrow since they have failed to appear today”, he said.

At the hearing, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein, said her office was working hard to fish out ghost workers who existed in the system before the introduction of the IPPIS.

She denied allegations that her office was engaging in the enrolment of ghost workers for personal gains, saying efforts are on to address problems with the IPPIS.

The AGF added that only 640 out of over 900 agencies of the Federal Government were captured on the IPPIS.

The Director of the IPPIS, Emma Deko, accused some federal universities of sending more names than required to be captured on the system.

Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Elizabeth David

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