NAGRAT challenges Akufo-Addo’s GHC443 million ‘ghost names’ achievement

May 3, 2017

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is challenging the accuracy of President Akufo Addo’s statement that his government has saved the country GHC443million as a result of eradicating some ghost names from the payroll.

 

According to the Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, the association will do an audit of the over 26,589 employees affected by the exercise to prove that the President was wrong.

 

President Nana Akufo-Addo, addressing workers Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Independence Square, in Accra, revealed that, the country has been saved the amount of GHC443 million following the Finance Ministry’s suspension of salary payment to some 26,589 workers in April, 2017.

 

He said the comprehensive payroll audit conducted by the Ministry within the last two months has purged the system of ghost names and save the nation some money.

 

But speaking on the Gold Power Drive with Samuel Eshun, Vice President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, challenged the amount quoted by the President.

 

“We are going to do an audit and I can assure you that, the number is going to reduce drastically and the amount announced by the President may not be same. The fact that somebody might illegally be on the payroll doesn’t mean somebody else must be denied their salary.

 

It is wrong to use SSNIT biometric registration to verify whether or not a worker exists.”

 

“We are saying that Controller and Accountant General Department is also gone round the country and has engaged in biometric registration of people on its payroll so if anything at all, one inspecting way is to use the Controller.

 

It is against the law for any government to denied workers of their salary just because of biometric registration. The worker has worked over the period and must be paid,” he said.

 

Thousands of graduate teachers across the country will lose their salaries this month as government has refused to reinstate defaulters of biometric registration on the payroll.

 

The Controller and Account General removed the names of over 26,000 people from its records for failing to register.

 

By: Osman Issah Abadoo/Radiogold905.com

 

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