Ghana Loses GHC30bn Yearly Through ‘Spectre’ Names – CHRAJ Boss

Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has appealed for public support against corruption in a renewed campaign to root out the canker.

At the anti-corruption campaign yesterday CHRAJ Boss, Joseph Whittal, said Ghana loses GHC30 billion annually through payment of salaries to ghost workers.

He said the society will continue to suffer if nothing is done to end corruption.

“Corruption facilitates generalised disrespect for the law [and] it is responsible for the provision of poor quality services in education, in health, sanitation and electricity,” Mr Whittal said.

 

The legislature declared early this year that it had spared the country the sum of ¢443 million after it erased 26,589 names from the payroll.

Before the finance review, the fund service spent over ¢36 million every month on the salary of ghost workers.

There are more plans to move all public sector workers onto the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) platform to maintain a strategic distance from manual control of the finance.

But, the country keeps on losing cash to ghost workers regardless of the governments exertion, CHRAJ said.

Speaking to anti-corruption campaigners in Accra, Mr Whittal said the fight against corruption should not be seen as the duty of only one individual or institution.

He said because corruption is a “system” the only way to end it was through a concerted effort.

“Not one sector can fight it alone,” Mr Whittal said, adding that it was for this reason that the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) has a role for everyone.

But Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo,emphasized that government will manage previous representatives who are found to have occupied with degenerate acts.

“Investigations are still going on and very soon the results will be out for every Ghanaian to hear and to see,” he said.

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