General News of Saturday, 10 January 2015
President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has ascribed the fraud in the government’s payroll system to what he describes as “institutional inertia.”
“There is an institutional inertia preventing world class auditing of the payroll system,” he insisted.
Franklin Cudjoe has however threatened to expose the Controller and Accountant Generals Department over an incriminating document he has intercepted about payroll system.
He said the document showed that the country lost huge sums of money through the system in a manner, which was “orchestrated and well planned,” while assuring that “I will be releasing them very soon.”
According to him, the document has some startling revelations is from an international firm, which audited the payroll system.
The government has been struggling to clean the payroll system, which is believed to contain “ghost names.”
President John Dramani Mahama recently inaugurated a four-member Ministerial Committee to oversee the implementation of an improved Payroll Management system.
“The report I intercepted from an international audit firm showed that this payroll thing we are doing we are joking. Nothing substantial will work,” Franklin Cudjoe insisted.
Speaking on Citi Fm’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, Franklin Cudjoe said “as recent as yesterday [Friday], some reports I have intercepted has given me cause to believe that the Controller and Accountant General is the number one, in fact worst and most corrupt institution in the country.”
He opined that if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is serious about helping Ghana out if its economic woes, there was the need to “allow a third party to get into the payroll and clean it up otherwise we will continue experiencing payroll fraud.”