….Ken Ofori-Atta Reveals
Hundreds of staff of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, will soon have to look elsewhere in search of new jobs.
According to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, the Akufo-Addo government, has decided to hand over the management of public sector payroll to a third party, in order to achieve efficiency.
Mr Ofori-Atta, made the disclosure ,while presenting the mid-year budget review to parliament last week Thursday.
Currently, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department is in charge of handling all public sector payrolls and handing over the jobs to a third party means they are effectively rendered jobless.
It is not clear, if this is also meant to address the menace of Ghost names and payroll fraud which has been the bane of the public sector, leading to the procurement of several computer payroll softwares at hundreds of millions of United States dollars under various regimes.
Indeed, there have been names such as IPPD2 (Oracle) and IPPD3 (Akatua) deployed at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department by Herman Chinery-Hesse’s SOFTtribe to pay public sector workers in recent times.
Minister of State at the National Security, Bryan Acheampong, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi, is widely reported to be behind the current Software being used to pay public servants.
It is not clear, what is wrong with it, hence the decision to privatize the work of the constitutionally recognized Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
Sadly, several millions of dollars, have also been spent on biometric data collections of civil and public servants on the payroll again in an effort to desperately check Ghost names and payroll fraud.
Mr Ofori-Atta, told legislators that: “Mr. Speaker, as a way to ensure an efficient payroll management system, which then guarantees cost reduction, quicker payroll processing, data and cost validation, accountability payment validation and improve overall efficiency, government is currently evaluating options to outsource the payroll processing for its employees”.
The minister, said the move was aimed at addressing “public sector wage bill [concerns] and its crowding out effect on public expenditure”, with the overall goal being the achievement of a “convergence criteria of 35 per cent wage bill to tax revenue in the West African Economic and Monetary Union from the current 48 per cent”.