The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, has disclosed that the Federal Government has resolved to ensure prompt payment of salaries, adding that salaries would no longer be delayed.
Idris disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with journalist after the commissioning a creche donated to the office of the AGF by ECOBANK in Abuja.
The AGF expressed regrets that most Federal Government workers as of Thursday were yet to receive their salaries for October.
According to Idris, the delay was caused by technical fault in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Solution, IPPIS, system.
Idris said, “We are being proactive and we will do whatever it takes to maintain the technology and make sure that this kind of thing does not happen again.
“It is not in our interest that this kind of thing is happening and we bear the responsibility. We are doing all it takes to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
“We have established a backup for GIFMIS, Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, and this will ensure that we are prepared the next time we experience system failure.”
He further stated that the technical fault experienced, has already been resolved and salaries were now being paid.
“It is not anything that has to do with lack of money. We have resources; we have money but the technology to deploy.
“We now do e-payment so any slight glitch in the technology will impact on payment. And that is what has happened.
“But this has been resolved and alerts have been coming. People have started receiving their salaries,” Idris noted.