Government Saves US$2.3M From 1,164 Ghost Names On MOE Payroll

Education Minister, Professor D Ansu Sonii

Following a comprehensive payroll and personnel audit by the Internal Audit Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry has ordered the removal of about one thousand one hundred sixty-four (1,164) ghost names from its payroll with immediate effect.

The move will see the saving of about US$2.3 Million annually.

The decision was reached Thursday, November 15, 2018 at a stakeholder validation meeting comprising the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance Development and Planning (MFDP), and the Civil Service Agency (CSA).

According to a resolution adopted at the stakeholder meeting, the Ministry of Education has forwarded the list of 908 ghost names for immediate removal from the payroll beginning this November which accounts for US$1,796,101 annual basic salary.

Prior to the IAA audit, the Education Ministry conducted an internal monitoring process that identified about 256 employees who abandoned their jobs in the various counties accounting for US$568,393.00 in annual basic salary.

Speaking at the validation meeting on Thursday, Minister of Education, Professor Ansu Dao Sonii, Sr. as well as the Director General Emmanuel Nyeswa praised the efforts of all involved in achieving this tremendous milestone.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education and the Internal Audit Agency will shorty undertake a joint verification exercise of additional 1,426 names that were identified during the first phase of the audit process, which account for about 28 million dollars annually.

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