Ghost workers: Ghana, Tanzania delete over 60,000 names from payroll

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[Ghana-Tanzania]–Ghana has removed the names of 26,589 ghost names from its payroll and also about 23,029 unidentified pensioners will be deleted this month.

This was disclosed by the country’s ministry of finance on Tuesday.

According to the minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, the action was taken to save the government a huge revenue.

“The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has directed that names of 26,589 public sector workers be removed from the payroll commencing from April 2017.

“Since those affected have not been registered on the new SSNIT biometric system, in spite of several directives to do so,” a release from the ministry explained.

Similarly, the Government of Tanzania on Tuesday said it had removed 13,369 ghost workers from its payroll after discovering that they were either absent, dead or retired from the local authorities.

George Simbachawene, the East African nation’s Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local Governments, said the government lost $12.5 million as salaries paid to the ghost civil servants.

The move by Ghana is expected to save the country some 35 million Ghana cedis or 8.4 million dollars in payroll cost on a monthly basis or a total of over 250 million cedis or 60.02 million dollars in 2017.

It should be noted that the Nigerian Federal Government has also commenced online update of federal public servants in Ministries Departments and Agencies that are currently enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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