A Policy Analyst, Opanin Kwame believes that, the only way to fight this impropriety is for Ghanaians to get a change of mind relating to corruption-related acts and “selfish” deeds like adding “ghost names” to government’s payroll.
He disclosed this to the host, Kofi Asamoah Aning on Pink FM’s morning show, “there will be new government day in and day out, fighting this act but, until citizens in the country have a change of mind-set it will be difficult to get the change we want”.
Opanin Kwame congratulated the Auditor-General for bringing the Special Prosecutor on board with this task, however he compared this to that of a driver in a vehicle when stopped by a policeman and questioned as to why the passengers in the vehicle are throwing rubbish out of the vehicle. The driver can’t be blamed for the bad attitude of the commuters but, rather the commuters need to refrain from such an act. He said civil servants who are caught should be dealt with and this will instil some fear into other people to desist from such acts.
He again, suggested that the public sectors should practise the Biometric system which will be having all the information of all the workers in an institution as compared to other countries. He emphasized, “We just need one centralized database in this country”.
The Ghana Audit Service in collaboration with the Office of the Special Prosecutor would from July 17 conduct a nationwide special audit, as part of efforts to eliminate ghost names from the government payroll.
The Auditor-General, Daniel Demelevo, told the media that no excuses will be tolerated at the various departments and institutions. All civil servants will be given a 10-day period to produce evidence of their employment.
This came to light on Wednesday when the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Demelevo, and Mr Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor in a joint press conference.
The Auditor-General said he will be looking out for the expected paper trails to the Accountant General’s department and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database (IPPD) where necessary.
Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu also addressed the media by saying that his office will be waiting in the winds to carry out prosecutions. “During the payroll audit, when he (Auditor-General) finds any suspicions of the Commission of a crime, he will signal us so we move in immediately and begin an investigation”.
Story by: Elizabeth Adomah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com