- The Auditor-General’s Department has indicated its readiness in recovering all unearned salaries received by some public sector employees
- According to the report, about 12,563 non-existent employees have been receiving salaries which have amounted to a tune of GH¢467,634,792
- The MDA with the largest unaccounted for employees was the Ministry of Education
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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that the Auditor-General’s Department has plans of recovering all unearned salaries received by some public sector employees.
According to a report filed by Citinewsroom, as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is contained in the country, the AG's department would go hunting for ghosts on government payroll.
This was captured in the Auditor-General’s report on the nationwide payroll and personnel verification audit as of June 2018 that was been presented to Parliament in accordance with Sections 13(e) and 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584).
According to the report, about 12,563 non-existent employees have been receiving salaries which have amounted to a tune of GH¢467,634,792.
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“Though we have the intention to disallow the continuous existence of the 7,823 employees who could not be accounted for on the payroll, we have delayed exercising this mandate owing to the unusual times in which we are, following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. We plan to exercise this mandate and ensure the recovery of GH¢467,634,792 unearned salaries immediately after the spread of the Coronavirus is contained”, the Auditor-General said in its report.
The report also revealed that the outfit with the largest unaccounted for employees was the Ministry of Education followed by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development including the Local Government Service in that order.
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In other news, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed that it was impossible for the partial lockdown recently imposed on two regions in Ghana to go beyond three weeks.
He explained that Ghana’s largely informal economy would be severely hit if the lockdown had been further extended.
On March 27, 2020, President Akufo-Addo announced the imposition of a partial lockdown on Greater Accra and parts of the Ashanti Region.
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