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Source: Ghana News Agency
5,861 Ghost Names Deleted From Pay Rolls of Public Institutions
The Controller and Accountant
General’s Department (CAGD) has deleted 5,861 ghost names
from the pay rolls of public institutions between January and
The CAGD said some of the cases identified as fraud had been
referred to security agencies for appropriate actions to be
This was necessary due to the implementation of the
Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) system.
Ms Grace Adzroe, the Controller and Accountant General,
disclosed this in Accra on Thursday, when Government
officials led by Mr Seth Terkper, the Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning, paid a working visit to the department.
The Minister visited the Department’s new data centre, with
the state-of-the art facilities to meet international standards
and the electronic screen monitor, which monitors the payroll
system in the country.
Ms Adzroe said the limitation of payment of salary arrears to
three months was due to the detection of fraudulent deals in
public institutions, with regard to management of data on the
date of appointments, promotions and reactivation of public
sector employees on the payroll.
She said the country has started implementing the Ghana
Integrated Financial Management Information System
(GIFMIS), as part of the Public Financial Management Reform
Programme to improve Ghana’s fiscal discipline and macro-
GIFMIS is an integrated computerized financial management
system that serve as government’s official accounting system
for budget preparation and implementation; accounting and
financial reporting; as well as cash and assets management in
all ministries, departments and agencies and also
metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
It being implemented by the Controller and Accountant
General’s Department and the Ministry of Finance, with
support from development partners namely the World Bank,
Department of Foreign and International Development, the
European Union and the Danish International Development
Mr Terkper assured the CAGD of Government’s support for the
various financial reforms that the department had embarked
upon, to ensure financial discipline in the management of
He said government was working to make the procurement
system electronic to curb inefficiencies in the public payroll
system and, therefore, charged public Human Resource
Managers to report any transfer, retired and dead persons to
the CAGD for action.