The suspension of some 26,589 workers salaries by the ministry of finance has saved Ghana GH¢433 million in 2017 alone.
Addressing Ghanaians on May Day, President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that idea of biometric verification in the public sector is essentially to isolate ghost names from the payroll.
“These “workers” have not come forward to be biometrically verified by SSNIT, despite numerous calls by the Controller and Accountant General to do so.
“… government stands to save the country over GH¢433 million on this year’s budget alone by this exercise,” he opined.
The President also stated efforts are being made to clean the payroll thoroughly.
“SSNIT has also been asked to create a separate database for the Controller, by biometrically registering close to two hundred thousand CAP30 workers. Government payroll will now have a direct interface with this and the existing database, thus reducing payroll fraud to the barest minimum.
“This will provide a complete end-to-end visibility of the entire payroll system, while having a seamless integration between payroll cost and the government’s general ledger,” Akufo-Addo said.
He concluded by promising workers, saying: “if we are to pay workers well, we must do at least two things: get rid of ghost ones and enhance the efficiency of genuine ones.”