The federal government has directed a compulsory automated payment system for workers’ salaries and allowances as a means of reducing the cost of governance.
This directive is due to the alarmingly huge wage bill, which the federal government says is N165 billion every month, spent on salaries and allowances of workers across the country.
During 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, in Abuja, Minister of finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun said President Muhammadu Buhari wants everybody to be on the automated payment system which will lead to improvement in financial control and transparency.
The minister lamented about the federal government’s payment system, adding that government can no longer afford such a huge amount of money characterized by continuous leakages and wastage in the prevailing circumstances.
This move, according to the Minister, was in line with the objective of Presidential directive that everybody working under the federal government should be enrolled into the automated pay roll system by the end of the year.
Also, as regards capturing the biometric details of members of the military and other security agencies, the military has been asked to design a road map for securing their information and assured other security agencies that their security data will be adequately protected.
In her words;
“With an automated platform, we can trace these persons to make it more transparent. We started that process and as we speak, the biometric data of personnel in the security agencies have been captured to ensure that they are not captured at random.”
Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Interior, Mr Bassey Okon Akpanyung, who led the Service Chiefs, said since the meeting was a fall out a Presidential directive, they had no option than to comply.