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Federal Government Seeks to Get Rid of Ghost Workers through Online Verification

Ghost workers have been a consistent source of worry to government agencies, and they seem to be defying every method being used to weed them out. A ghost worker is someone who is not employed by a public service institution but is on their payroll, thereby receiving salary while not being a staff.

To combat this menace, the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is implementing the Human Resource Module of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), a database of accurate records of federal civil servants in order to eliminate ghost workers.

The aim of this is to improve the efficiency of the payroll system, enhance data integrity, eliminate ghost workers and consolidate staff records and management.

Starting from 21st November 2016, all public servants currently enrolled in the IPPIS platform are required to complete an online HR Data form at They are also to submit hard copies of the completed form along with certified copies of accompanying documents to the Permanent Secretary (Common Services Offices), Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, through the Director Human Resources of the respective MDAs on or before 15th December 2016.


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