A staggering 148,000 government employees on the payroll of the Controller and Accountant Generals Department have been discovered to have identifications that do not match any biometric identification at the National Identity Authority, according to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
He claims that the biometric audit conducted by the Controller and Accountant General Department led to the discovery of the development.
On Tuesday, August 16, Dr. Bawumia announced that the Controller General’s biometric audit also discovered 533 employees on the government payroll who had numerous identities while speaking at the 2022 Internal Audit Agency Conference in Accra.
Speaking on the conference’s theme of “Injecting Fiscal Discipline in Resource Mobilization and Utilization for Sustainable Development,” the vice president noted that numerous measures had been taken by the government in an effort to achieve fiscal consolidation, including improved revenue mobilization and the use of digitization to reduce waste in the public sector.
Through the strong identity system the government is constructing with the Ghanacard and the digitization of government services, Dr. Bawumia disclosed that the government is making a concerted effort to combat identity fraud and corruption in the public sector.
“A key focus of the 2022 budget is fiscal consolidation to enhance debt and fiscal sustainability as we implement our economic revitalization and transformation programme to better the lives of Ghanaians,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“Over the last four years, our approach has been to put in measures to build a solid foundation for domestic mobilisation, cost saving and fighting corruption through digital transformation. And considerable progress has been made.”
“An exercise just completed last week by the Controller and Accountant General Department shows that 533 people on the CAD have multiple identities in the CAGD database,” Dr. Bawumia revealed.
“In all cases of multiple identities, the employees have more than one CAGS account with different emotes numbers. Some have three employee numbers.”
“There are also 148,060 employees out of 601,948 with biometrics that did not match anyone on the National Identification register (I.e. no Ghanacard).”
“We are going to check the SSNIT database to see if their biometrics can be matched. It is also possible that some of those with matching biometrics may also have multiple employee accounts.”
The Vice President’s shocking admissions come after reports that the National Service Scheme (NSS) recently conducted a biometric audit and discovered 14,000 phantom names on its payroll, saving the organization GHC 112 million annually.
Vice President Bawumia urged the various prosecuting agencies to start the process of pursuing those involved in such illegal activities because he was unhappy with the magnitude of the losses brought on by corruption.
SSNIT also announced significant savings of up to $126 million as a result of the government’s digitization effort and the establishment of a national identity system, since it will no longer produce SSNIT ID cards for its targeted 10 million individuals after the Ghanacard was chosen as SSNIT numbers.
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