Wage Bill NAGRAT asks government to suspend deletion of ghost names

In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, NAGRAT says the move if carried out without broad consultation could be chaotic.

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The National Association of Graduate Teachers is asking the government to suspend the deletion of 26,000 ghost names from the payroll.

In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, NAGRAT says the move if carried out without broad consultation could be chaotic.

“Much as we agree that you may have good reasons for that decision, we wish to draw your attention that such an action, if carried out has the potential of disturbing the peaceful environment we have enjoyed over the past few months,” NAGRAT said.

The letter, signed by the General Secretary of NAGRAT, Stanislaus P. Nabome, called for a meeting over the matter to prevent any “upheaval” the deletion of the names may cause.

“We will appreciate if we could work together to avoid any upheaval that this action can rake up. We are confident that this will meet your prompt consideration,” the letter said.

The letter comes following Ken Ofori Atta’s disclosure that 50,000 ghost names have been deleted from the payroll and pensions.

A statement from the Finance Ministry said: “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.

“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.”

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