Payroll audit uncovers widespread use of fake certificates

The clean-up exercise of the country’s public payroll being conducted by the Auditor General’s Department has revealed widespread use of fake certificates by public workers.

Deputy Auditor General, George Winful, described the situation as worrying after he discovered that many more civil servants have been receiving salaries based on fake promotions.

Addressing a news conference in Cape Coast, Friday, he urged heads of institutions to be meticulous in how they recruit people into the public service.

“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 said.

The Auditor General’s Department and the Office of the Special Prosecutor earlier this month began the payroll audit exercise in the Central Region.

Workers were expected to present their employment documents as part of efforts to rid the government payroll of ghost names.

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