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General News of Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Government to remove over 26,000 workers from payroll

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has directed that names of 26,589 public sector workers be removed from government’s payroll this month.

A press statement from the ministry copied to Citi Business News explained that “those affected have not been registered on the new SSNIT biometric system, despite several directives to do so”.

Mr. Ofori-Atta in his presentation of the 2017 budget, announced government’s commitment to clean the payroll. “To that effect, the Minister requested that the Controller and Accountant General on the 10th of February 2017, inform all public servants on the Government of Ghana mechanized payroll system who had not registered on the new SSNIT biometric system to do so by the end of February 2017,” the statement said.

It further warned that salaries for un-enrolled workers have been suspended indefinitely until the SSNIT re-enrollment is completed by the said workers.

This was after the February 28th, 2017 deadline was further extended to March 31st 2017 by the Minister of Finance.

“This directive will come into effect on the April 2017 payroll. Consequently, those not registered with SSNIT, as directed shall be treated as “Ghost” going forward and shall as such be removed from the payroll for April 2017”.

The statement however added that “SSNIT is adequately prepared to validate any affected pensioner, across the country, who make themselves available to be counted and validated going forward. Several mobile enrolment kits are on standby to cater for affected pensioners who may not be able to travel to their nearest SSNIT district offices to complete the validation process”.

“These two directives, resulting in the identification of close to 50,000 “Ghost” names on the payroll and Pensions Registry, are expected to save the country some GH35 million in payroll cost on a monthly basis or a total of over GHS250 million in 2017 alone,” it added.

The Minister called on all citizens to help protect the public purse as Government commits to bringing “Ghana beyond Aid” “Any real person whose name has been suspended can visit any of the SNNIT branches nationwide to be biometrically re-enrolled. SNNIT has set up enrolment desks within all their offices”.