THE clean-up exercise of the country’s public payroll being conducted by the Auditor General’s Department deserves commendation and applause.
THIS is because the situation as it is, is very worrying, and if we as a people do not do something about it fast, it will erode the economic gains chalked by successive governments.
IT is for this reason that, we think, all and sundry should join hands with the auditor general’s department to fight what has become known as ‘ghost’ names on the country’s payroll.
FOR instance, the Deputy Auditor General, George Winful last week was shocked during the exercise in Cape Coast in the Central Region when he discovered widespread use of fake certificates by public workers.
HE observed that, many more civil servants have been receiving salaries based on fake promotions.
“If the signals we are beginning to see are anything to go by, then we will encourage heads of institutions in their review of employees. We have had an instance where some employees have used other people’s certificates for employment.
We can imagine if such a person is in the classroom teaching, it could be the reason why we are registering poor results in the secondary schools,” he was reported to have said.
WE think it is unacceptable to spend half of the country’s revenue on less than one million government employees and for that matter, we should not allow this to continue.
MANY organisations have shielded people who perpetrate wrong including maintaining the contract of people who have retired.
IN fact, this is something that, government must look at carefully, if indeed it is committed to fighting corruption.
THE saddest part of this is that, it partly accounts for the unemployment situation in the country.
THEREFORE, it is inappropriate for citizens to engage in various forms of illegal dealings since such acts can contribute to the under development of the country.
WE must all, in our own way help intensify public education on the fight against corruption, especially, in the public sector