The proposed public financial management bill will ensure that heads of public institutions, who fail to comply with measures aimed at eliminating ghost names from the public sector payroll, are jailed.
This is the caution coming from the finance Ministry.
[contextly_sidebar id=”g9PQRK1vitFnbb8Ve3CQuNFLTbjU7pW7″]The bill, currently at the draft stage, will allow all legislations on public financial management to be structured into one law to enhance efficiency, revenue generation and expenditure management.
The Controller and Accountant General’s Department has also revealed that about 5,800 ghost names have been deleted from the public pay roll between January and November, 2015.
However, speaking at the launch of a stakeholders’ forum on the 2016 budget, the Chief Director of ministry of finance, Major Retired M.S. Tara was hopeful the punishment will enhance strict compliance.
“We have put in place systems that should enable people working together to expunge ghost names so if the administrator or head teacher blacklists the names and informs us, we can delete all of them,
“There are some people who deliberately connive and put these names on the payroll and we are making it clear that we are making provisions in the new public financial management law to make it mandatory for culprits to be charged and jailed,” Major Retired M.S. Tara stated.
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citifmonline.com/Ghana