Arrest Gov’t Officials Behind Payroll “Ghost” Names – Bishop

Most Rev Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum

Most Rev Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, the Catholic Bishop of Koforidua Diocese, has asked for the personnel who put the “ghost” names in the government payroll to be arrested and prosecuted.

Most Rev Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum emphasized that the names on the payroll did not appear on their own and that those who should have known better should be dealt with according to the law.

“With the ghost names, I am really surprised that every now and then we come up with this same issue that we have cleared some thousands of of names from the payroll,” he said.

He added, “my question is, how did the names get there and who are the directors or who are the officers who are supposed to have known that these are not our staff? In the long round, who is collecting the money at the end of the day. So, when you clear these names what happens to those who managed the get the names there?”

Ken Ofori Atta, Finance Minister  recently stated that the government would complete ongoing procedures to remove “ghost” personnel from the government payroll by the end of this year.

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“Government will conclude on-going measures to eliminate “ghost” workers from the Government payroll by end December 2022.”

On Thursday, March 24, he announced this when unveiling actions to address the country’s difficulties.

Ken Ofori Atta said they will “prioritize ongoing public projects over new projects.”

This would improve the efficient use of scarce public funds over time by completing ongoing or stalled but approved projects, as well as reducing meeting and conference expenditures by 50%, beginning now.

He also announced that the government has put a blanket ban on the acquisition of imported automobiles for the remainder of the year, effective immediately.

According to him, this will have an impact on all new orders, particularly those for four-wheel drives.