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IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Decibel: 11:18am On May 19, 2020
GHOSTWORKERS: HOW DO THEY DO IT? I haven’t had time to do a thread for some time and don’t have enough time to do a long one this morning. I will, therefore, just signpost the different levels of sophistication in the ghost worker scam that has been with us for years. Thread...

First, definitions. The term “Ghost worker” is loosely used to refer to a body of scams. Most people use it to mean people that exist on the payroll, for whom salaries are drawn monthly but who do not exist physically. Usually, if you do a verification, they won’t show up.

This is the very basic (beginners) level. Before computerized payroll systems in the public service from around 2003, people had a field day. Army, Police, Universities, Hospitals, Civil Servants, etc. It was estimated that each senior officer was “running” 40 ghost workers.

If you multiply 40 ghost workers just by the minimum wage, you can get an idea of what each “runner “was getting. Some very senior officers were having 100s of ghost workers run for them. It was a perk of office; a source of weekend money or paying political thugs or scholarships

Everything was manual. Many of the Ogas had ghost workers. Without a computerised payroll system, you couldn’t tell who created the ghost worker in the payroll. All signatures were forged. Nobody checked. Without BVN, you couldn’t tell who was collecting the money every month.

There are other scams that I won’t go detail about here. Some people collect loans from government and the records simply disappear. They never pay back. Some should be paid on Level 10 but are being paid on Level 14. Some should be on Level 10, Step 1 but are paid on Step 3.

Computerised payroll systems like IPPIS mean that the worker must appear in person, with their credentials and have their biometrics taken. In the first few years of deploying it, it removed 65,000 ghost workers from the payroll and saved more than $1 billion. Dollars o.

Government didn’t really trust civil servants to do the biometric capture and decided to have private sector providers do it. Workers in the private sector companies are also Nigerians. They started inserting ghost workers into the computerised system for themselves or for a fee.

The Head of Service will start wondering why there is a discrepancy between the nominal toll and the payroll. Because it is computerised, you can at least tell who inserted the name and fire or prosecute them. You could call this the “Professional Level” of ghost worker creation.

When BVN came, it exposed instances where multiple salaries were going to the same back account. One public servant was collecting 20 salaries. Many simply abandoned the bank accounts, rather than present themselves for BVN or allow their BVN to be linked to the ghost workers.

Government then moved to ensure that the private sector providers cannot just add a name that doesn’t exist. They drew the link all the way from appointment to deployment to payroll. Each stage had to be signed off by the right person, with a traceable digital key.

This makes it more difficult but not impossible to compromise, especially where there is collusion. In the civil service, if the Civil Service Commission, Head of Service and Accountant General come together, they can compromise the system. Advanced Level: unlikely but possible.

In agencies & parastatals and places like universities where there is no central HR controller like the Head of Service, you can still be practicing Beginner-Level ghost worker runs if you don’t have a computerised payroll system linked to other systems like nominal roll and BVN.

You simply get your monthly release as a block grant from the Government Integrated Financial Information System (GIFMIS) and do what you want. GIFMIS doesn’t require biometric capture like IPPIS. It can’t capture people collecting multiple salaries or being paid at wrong levels.

Recently, the Head of Service announced that a number of officers had discrepancies in the employment records. She was able to do that through computerization of records. I hope you can begin to see why some people will fight systems like IPPIS linked to BVN to the death. End!

https://mobile.twitter.com/DrJoeAbah/status/1261560213204865024

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Decibel: 11:21am On May 19, 2020
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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Decibel: 11:21am On May 19, 2020
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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Nobody: 11:23am On May 19, 2020
ASUU are rogues

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Decibel: 11:30am On May 19, 2020
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Please help me rearrange the thread and move to front page
Or should I add snake or Tonto Dike to it wink

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by seunmsg(m): 11:32am On May 19, 2020
Apart from some few ASUU members that may be collecting salaries from two or more universities, the major reason the union is against IPPIS is that the platform will force them to pay their fair share of personal income tax and remove illegal allowances that are always added at the university level.

When staff of a MDA are paid for the first time by IPPIS, the major complain is about reduction in salaries. This is simply because IPPIS has been configured to pay only the correct amount and deduct the exact tax liability. The illegal allowances and reduced tax deduction that ASUU members have been enjoying for so long is why they are fighting desperately to stay away from the platform.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Nobody: 11:38am On May 19, 2020
seunmsg:
Apart from some few ASUU members that may be collecting salaries from two or more universities, the major reason the union is against IPPIS is that the platform will force them to pay their fair share of personal income tax.
Yes... They were under paying before

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by GavelSlam: 11:56am On May 19, 2020
There are just too many criminals in Nigeria.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Nwanyiogwashi(f): 12:02pm On May 19, 2020
Nigeria have many unemployed sound graduates all over the country I still wonder why federal government has not sack all this ASUU members that has refused to tender their bvn ,we continue to allow ASUU suffer innocent students all the time while their childrens are schooling in private universities. A serious government should have sacked all this useless ASUU members by now and employ you and sound young graduates as part of reforms in public universities

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Decibel: 12:40pm On May 19, 2020
GavelSlam:
There are just too many criminals in Nigeria.
Joe Abah revelation on what is going on in public institutions will tell you the country we are into. Even after computerisation, those with the secret code still go ahead and insert "ghost workers" to an already secured system. It's simply an organised crime.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by visijo(m): 1:26pm On May 19, 2020
Never give up in life, who ever believe that face mask will compete and defeat lipstick in the world market.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Raxxye(m): 1:26pm On May 19, 2020
Hmmm.
But check out the new salaries of lecturers with the IPPIS. I ask myself why am I sweating and spending so much money on a PhD research? Politics is way to go, and I mustn't even have complete school cert to be there!
Which way Naija?

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Blue3k(m): 1:26pm On May 19, 2020
This whole situation is nonsense give them a simple ultimatum. Either register or be fired for insubordination. Buhari should copy Ronald Reagan's example by firing these striking federal workers. They're refusing to comply with a lawful directive. After firing them ban them from civil service.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by DenreleDave(m): 1:27pm On May 19, 2020
Hmm.

Even some nairalanders are ghost members. Seun sbud introduce ippis here too

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by stagger: 1:27pm On May 19, 2020
Even IPPIS has ghost workers. This has been exposed on Brekete family. I could not follow up on several cases that were mentioned.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by oyewale0001(m): 1:27pm On May 19, 2020
It is well.

I no GOD is watching all Nigerian.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Olareveals(f): 1:27pm On May 19, 2020
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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Macsjebs: 1:28pm On May 19, 2020
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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Tobinrobin(m): 1:28pm On May 19, 2020
As good as this IPPIS is, why can’t they incorporate the same for the lawmakers as well? Glaringly they’re not as much as the staffs of ministries and parastatals but what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Bolustical: 1:29pm On May 19, 2020
I saw a lot of ASUU members foaming in the mouth that day.

Las las, we only want a good country but we don't want to contribute what is legally required of us.

It's sad to see members of the academia under pay taxes, submit names of dead members for salaries and fail BVN tests.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Bolustical: 1:29pm On May 19, 2020
Hmmn
Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Austinio: 1:30pm On May 19, 2020
we still have ghost works in ippis bc some staff are base in Abuja who have some big fish as uncle(s)

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by KingAzubuike(f): 1:31pm On May 19, 2020
Ippis is here to stay .. Nigerian lecturers are one of the most corrupt set of people. They will win research grants but never implement it into any research. They'll rather use it to build houses, buy new cars and carry women. Then now throw all the burden of their research to their final year project students. Ever wondered why most times na your supervisor dey give you project topic lol? It's for his own benefit.

Asides that, many of them also lecture many higher institution , collecting salaries on multi scale. That's why they are against the IPPIS.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Pegnohelmi: 1:32pm On May 19, 2020
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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Ventura1: 1:32pm On May 19, 2020
Who are those fighting, if not the Northerners? They are scared of a process that will expose their shenanigans

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by rotadeco27: 1:32pm On May 19, 2020
If government wins this fight, it will create a lots of spaces for for unemployed young graduate.
If this country will move forward every has to sincere.

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by ksstroud: 1:32pm On May 19, 2020
It is finished for this land...

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Re: IPPIS: Joe Abah On "How Ghost Workers Exist In Public Institutions" by Rebuke: 1:32pm On May 19, 2020
Smh. The fact is, this happens in every sector in this country.

Both ASUU and FG should catch the bull by its horn and stop all this social media trials.

When the head is corrupt it's always very hard to fight any corrupt part of the "body".


It's so unfortunate the lies we hear from the government is so much that even when they want to tell us the truth it's so difficult for us to believe.

As far as this nation matter is concerned, I have learned not to swallow just anything I see on the media.

Fantastically corrupt Country.

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