YEA Youth Employment Agency halts salaries of beneficiaries

The Agency said the decision was due to discrepancies detected in the payroll of beneficiaries.

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The Management of the Youth Employment Agency has suspended the payment of salaries to beneficiaries under the scheme.

The Agency said the decision was due to discrepancies detected in the payroll of beneficiaries.

In a statement, the Agency said over 20,000 beneficiaries of the scheme are drawing salaries on monthly basis but have not been at post for several months.

It further revealed that most of the beneficiaries are using the same Ezwich account numbers.

Below is the full statement:

YEA SUSPENDS PAYMENT OF BENEFICIARIES ALLOWANCE 

This communication is to inform all beneficiaries and the general public that payment of beneficiaries allowance has been suspended due to some discrepancies detected on the beneficiary payroll. The January payroll submitted for approval included arrears to some beneficiaries as far back as May 2016.

Preliminary audit on the payroll has revealed the following

1. Some beneficiaries using the same E-zwich numbers.

2. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine (2,999) beneficiaries not at post but continue to draw allowance.

3. Payments made to some beneficiaries for no work done.

4. Non-payment of some beneficiaries since May 2016 leading to huge arrears.

5. Some beneficiaries working without appointment and assumption of duty letters.

This preliminary audit by Management has saved the Agency and the Ghanaian taxpayer, One million, sixty seven thousand and seven hundred Ghana cedis (GH? 1,067,700) per month.

On the basis of these findings, Management has commissioned the Internal Audit Agency to conduct a special audit into the operations of the Agency. This has become necessary in order to provide a platform for the new administration to take measures to prevent the scandals that rocked the Agency in the past.

By this communication, Management appeals to beneficiaries to remain calm as we work to complete the validation process.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Signed

BASHIRU IBRAHIM.

AG. DEP CEO, OPERATIONS

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