Government cleans payroll and Pensions Registry - close to 50.000 "Ghost names" are to be removed

21-04-2017

Government cleans payroll and Pensions Registry - close to 50.000 "Ghost names" are to be removed

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta has directed that 26.589 names of public sector workers will be removed from the payroll commencing April 2017. Those affected have not been registered on the new SSNIT biometric system, despite several directives to do so. This is an execution of a promise made by the Minister in the 2017 budget to clean the government payroll. 

On the 10th of February, the Accountant General informed all public servants on the Government of Ghana’s payroll system that those who had not registered on the new SSNIT biometric system should do so by the end of February 2017. This deadline was even extended to the end of March 2017. Those who are not registered with SSNIT shall be treated as “Ghost workers” and will be removed from the payroll for April 2017.

Also the Accountant General will suspend payment of pensions of 23.029 people because they could not be accounted for in a nationwide head count which ended on the 22nd of October 2016. These measures will save the government close to 35 million Ghana Cedis per month in payroll costs or over 250 million Ghana Cedis for the rest of 2017. These measures help to protect the public purse and is in line with the commitment of the government to bring “ Ghana beyond Aid”.

Source: B&FT 19th of April, p.1 & p.4

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