The Office of the Head of the Civil Service (OHSC) has cleaned the civil service payroll of 1,500 ghost names.
The exercise was undertaken by the Research, Statistics and Information Management (RSIM) Directorate of the office with technical support from the French Embassy.
Explaining the functions of the directorate and its achievement in purging the payroll to a group of newsmen in Accra, the Director of the RSIM, Mr G. Akilakpa Sawyerr, said the primary function was to collect data for the man¬agement of human resources in the Civil Service.
He said the directorate was currently about to complete cleaning the staff list of all civil servants in the various ministries, departments and agencies.
The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Francis Hurtut, who paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Public Sector Reform, Mr Samuel Owusu-Agyei, and inspected the directorate, said having seen at first-hand the work being done, he was convinced of its vital role in the administration of the Civil Service.
He said the work that had been achieved at the directorate was evident of more collaboration and gave the assurance of further help from the French Embassy.
He expressed his appreciation for the collaboration between Ghana and France that had resulted in such initiatives geared towards strengthening of civil service practice in the country.
Present at the function were the Head of the Civil Service, Mr Joe Issachar, and the acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Public Sector Reform, Mr Robertson Nii Akwei Allotey.