The introduction of the Electronic Salary Payment System (ESPV) in 2014, has yielded positive result as ghost workers on government payroll have reduced significantly.
This was disclosed by the acting Controller and Accountant General, Mr Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, at the Annual Conference of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) in Takoradi.
According to him the ESPV was one of the measures aimed at ensuring the integrity of Government Payroll for the prevention of payment of unearned salaries.
He again, added that the Department had undertaken a number of reforms with sole aim of enhancing its output as the gate keeper and protector of the public purse and finances of state.
The Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System
Again, he added that the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), is the core electronic platform for prudent and transparent public financial management as prescribed by the Public Financial Management Act, Act 921 of 2016.
According to him, GIFMIS has been deployed to cover all state-owned entities; Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and other para-statals throughout the country.
He said the numerous training programmes for staff of the Department were part of the efforts by Management to up-skill, upgrade and provide additional knowledge to staff for peak performance under the Continuous Development Programme (CDP) of the Department.
In the same vein, Managements of the Welfare scheme and the Provident Funds have been reconstituted, rejuvenated and empowered to take good care of the finances and well-being of staff.
He further announced that CAGD had acquired a fleet of vehicles for some of the regions and that it was working hard to get vehicles for all the regions.
Credibility and integrity
Dr. Nana Ato Arthur who read a speech on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, maintained that issues that have to do with the credibility and integrity of employees on government payroll.
He, therefore, called for more to be done to completely clear undesirable names from the GOG payroll.