Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Koforidua, Sept. 12, GNA – Mr Rudolph Kozie
Sambo, the Eastern Regional Coordinating Director, has called for punitive
measures against heads of institutions which validate staff salaries fraught
with payroll anomalies.
He said this is one way to deal effectively
with the prevailing challenge of ghost names on the payroll.
Mr Sambo said if with the introduction of the
validation exercise which was supposed to check abuse of the government
payroll, “we still have payroll anomalies, then the heads of institutions which
validate the salaries must be held accountable”.
The Regional Director, who was giving the
opening address at a sensitization forum for heads of government institutions,
said validation should not be taken as a formality where heads validate without
due diligence and detailed analysis.
Mr Sambo urged the Auditor-General’s
Department to follow the trail of some of the payroll anomalies and fraud at
the banks especially the rural banks which are alleged to facilitate some of
The two-week staff auditing exercise is being
conducted by the Auditor-General’s Department nationwide to clean government’s
payroll, following some infractions recorded in the 2017 audited accounts and
it would be conducted simultaneously in all the districts in the region.
Mr Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor-General, said
the CAGD has previously conducted such exercises, but this is the first time
for the Auditor-Generals Department to conduct a nationwide staff auditing and
urged all staff on the government payroll to comply with the process.
He said the exercise was very detailed and any
staff found wanting would be given 30 days to respond or have his or her name
expunged from the payroll.
Mr Domelevo said his outfit was bent on
cleaning the payroll to ensure that only people who were working and deserved
salaries earned them.
He said by the end of the exercise about
56,000 public and civil servants on government payroll would have been audited
and three courts located in Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast have been designated
to hear the grievances of staff who would be found wanting in the exercise.
Mr Ayimadu Antwi, the Eastern Regional
Director of the CAGD, said all stakeholders have a role to play in checking the
abuse of government funds.