Payroll Issues Finance Minister renders apology to workers declared ghosts

There was hue and cry recently when the government denied more than 26,000 public workers their pay following their failure to undergo biometric registration.

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Ghana’s Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has rendered an apology to all public sector workers whose names were mistakenly removed from government’s payroll.

There was hue and cry recently when the government denied more than 26,000 public workers their pay following their failure to undergo biometric registration.

The government declared them as ghosts on the payroll and hence they were removed. Many of the workers affected have since threatened legal action over the matter.

READ ALSO: Ghana saves USD 103.11m after deleting 26,589 'ghost' names on government payroll

But speaking today, Monday, May 15, 2017, at the National Policy Forum in Accra, Ken Ofori-Atta admitted that some errors were made and promised to fix them.

“Quite a number of people were taken off the payroll [and] we’ve had remarks from some unions. We know that there’s some rot in there, we have to take an action and in the process of taking an action a few wrong eggs would be broken and we should apologise for that,” the Minister said.

“Going through the numbers I actually found one or two of the Directors at Ministry of Finance have been included in that list they don’t exist. So there are mistakes,” he added.

The Finance Minister, however, indicated that the government was able to save close to a billion Ghana Cedis following the cleaning of the payroll.

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