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Payroll audit in C/R: Fake certificates uncovered

As Civil servants receive salaries and promotions through dubious means 


BY NEWS DESK REPORT


THE EFFORTS of the Auditor General’s Department in the exercise to clean up the country’s public payroll has revealed widespread use of fake certificates by public workers.

The Auditor General’s Department and the Office of the Special Prosecutor earlier this month started the payroll audit exercise in the Central Region and developments emerging from the exercise are troubling.

The Deputy Auditor General, George Winful, addressing a news conference in Cape Coast last Friday, said the development so far was worrying since the exercise had discovered that many  civil servants had been receiving salaries based on fake promotions.

Mr Winful, however, urged heads of institutions to be meticulous in how they recruited people into the public service.

“If the signals we are beginning to see are anything to go by, then we will encourage heads of institutions in their review of employees. We have had an instance where some employees have used other people’s certificates for employment.

“We can imagine if such a person is in the classroom teaching, it could be the reason why we are registering poor results in the secondary schools,” he said.

Per the new directives, workers were expected to present their employment documents as part of efforts to rid the government payroll of ghost names. 

According to the Auditor General, all civil servants in the 10 regions will have a 10-day window to produce evidence of their employment and those who cannot do so will face prosecution.

Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor General, has said it is unacceptable to spend half of the country’s revenue on less than one million government employees while many organisations have shielded people who perpetrate wrongdoing, including maintaining the contract of people who have retired.

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