The Auditor-General has uncovered that over 10,000 employees have either no justification or sufficient information to continue drawing salaries from the public purse.
This revelation was made after the Audit Service carried out a nationwide payroll and personnel verification audit, in line with Section 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584).
According to the audit, analysis of responses received from heads of ministries, departments and other agencies (MDAs), as well as metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies on the payroll exercise, held in 2018/2019, shows that there is no or insufficient justification for the continuous existence of 10,689 employees on the payroll as at June 2018.
A statement signed by the George Swanzy Winful, Deputy Auditor-General of the Central Government Audit Department, therefore directed all affected employees to make themselves available for enumeration from January 28 to February 11 2020 at the Audit Service headquarters (Payroll Audit Branch), Accra, to avoid disallowance and surcharge.
“Notice is hereby given that, the Auditor-General intends to disallow the continuous existence of all un-accounted for employees on the payroll and surcharge the amounts involved against heads of departments, heads of the management units and the persons involved,” it said.
The affected persons are required to carry the following documents to the headquarters of the Audit Service: biometric registration form, SSNIT biometric card, payslip, appointment letter, recent promotion or upgrade letter, all academic certificates and at least two national identity cards (voters ID, passport, driver’s licence and National Health Insurance Scheme card).
In addition, they are to provide approval letter for study-leave with pay or without pay, gazette or affidavit for change of name, contract renewal letters for pupil teachers or contract employees and any other relevant documents relating to their employment.
It further cautioned that “failure to honour this final invitation will result in the Auditor-General exercising his powers under Article-187(7) to disallow the existence and surcharge such persons on the payroll.”