General News of Friday, 23 January 2015
The Controller and Accountant-General (CAGD) has denied ever agreeing with policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, to help draw a roadmap to remove ghost names from Ghana’s payroll system.
The Controller in a statement said: “We wish to state categorically that the CAGD did not discuss and agree with IMANI Ghana any roadmap on the management of the mechanized payroll at CAGD.”
The statement clarified that although it met with officials from IMANI Ghana, the meeting was to educate IMANI Ghana on “our business processes so that they would be better informed as they discuss issues relating to the mechanized payroll.”
The President of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, said the Department after the said meeting, asked his outfit to prepare a roadmap which will be presented to the government next week to help cleanse the payroll system.
Mr. Cudjoe said: “We proposed a roadmap, we will share it with the Controller and the Finance Ministry and if they accept, we will go ahead…so I will say that it is more of a unionized leadership call.”
But the CAGD said considering the importance the government attaches to payroll issues, a Cabinet Committee has been constituted which is working with relevant institutions to address the payroll challenges.
The Department assured the general public and other stakeholders that “there are measures being implemented by relevant public institutions to address the payroll challenges.”