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Civil servants uncover 17,000 workers’ names removed, replaced with personal, special assistants

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on over 17,000 of its members, allegedly delisted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), to remain calm.

ASCSN national president Etim Okon, who disclosed this on Tuesday at a news conference in Abuja, said measures were being taken to address the situation.

Mr Okon was reacting to a report stating that over 17,000 core civil servants were said to have been delisted from the IPPIS portal. Mr Okon said the affected workers should remain calm as measures were being taken to address the situation.

The ASCSN leader expressed concern that most genuine civil servants feigned ignorance of the verification exercise while it lasted.

“We received information that over 17,000 workers in the core civil service did not carry out the online verification, which was done by the office of the head of service of the federation,” Mr Okon explained.

He added, “Quickly, we swung into action to interface with the government through the HoSF, and by that singular act, there was need for us to talk to our members. This is because we have seen a lot of apprehensions from our members.

“We went deep into the document where we also realised that even in some government agencies, we realised that names of personal assistants, special assistants and some ministers were included in the IPPIS portal.”

The association’s president said a committee had already been constituted in the HOSF to handle such cases.

“We call on those with genuine complaints who have initially done the online verification on the portal of the IPPIS to submit a scanned copy of their documents to the email that has been provided,” Mr Okon stated.

Mr Okon mentioned that the HoSF gave a one-week deadline to fully comply with the verification exercise and appealed to the government in its magnanimity to extend the deadline because of the rigours involved. 

(NAN)

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