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12.02.2007 General News

More ghost names on government payrolls

By : The Chronicle
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The government has been told not to rejoice thinking that it has won the fight against ghost names from salary pay rolls because more exists than those that have been removed.

An Accountant, Godfred Asamoah stated that the government had not scored even fifty percent in the fight against ghost names because more ghost names kept on appearing on payrolls every month.

He was speaking at the just ended People's Assembly at Koforidua where he lauded the government for its efforts in cleaning the payrolls of ghost names but expressed surprise that while government officials were rejoicing that they had won the fight, more ghost names were being detected.

Mr Asamoah said the re-emergence of ghost names on payrolls had come about because salaries were paid to workers long before the pay rolls were received for Accountants to double check names.

As a result, the fraudsters collected their booty before they were made out.

The contributor appealed to the government to ensure that the Controller and Accountant General's Department makes available all salary workers pay roll two weeks before they are paid.

This measure, he noted would help them (Accountants) to delete ghost names from pay rolls as well as arrest those who fraudulently withdraw salaries through the ghost names.

Source: The Chronicle

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