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General News of Monday, 18 January 1999

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Offinso departmental heads warned against ghost names

Offinso (Ashanti Region) 18 Jan. '99

The Offinso District Assembly has warned Departmental Heads to ensure that ghost names on their pay vouchers are deleted immediately. Mr Benjamin Brefoh, Offinso District Chief Executive gave the warning at the first quarterly meeting of departmental heads at Offinso last Friday. Mr Brefoh also directed the departmental heads to submit photographs of their staff to the assembly as part of an exercise by the assembly to detect any ghost names on pay vouchers and urged the heads to ensure strict financial control at their offices to avoid waste and the mismanagement of funds. Mr K. M. Offei, Offinso District Co-ordinating Director expressed concern about delays by the heads in presenting their quarterly reports to the assembly adding that the "Staff performance appraisal" of the civil service is aimed at moving away from the confidential system of assessing subordinate staff to ensure transparency and fair play.