June 14, 2024


Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched a decisive digital solution that will eliminate the phenomenon of ghost names on the payroll of the Government. Ghost names – non-existent workers drawing salaries from Government coffers – has been an age-old problem that has confronted Government after Government. But the digital solution put together by the Government and launched today is aimed at ensuring that the issue is done away with.

The National Identification card, the Ghana Card, which contains the biometric information of holders, will play a pivotal role in eliminating ghost names from the Government’s payroll.

According to the Vice President, “the system involves the linkage of the Government of Ghana (GoG) National Mechanised Payroll Database of the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) with the National Identification Authority (NIA) Database, with the real time biometric validation and verification of applicants decentralised to the various CAGD Verification Centres across the country to ensure more accessibility and convenience.”

He added that: “the system will ensure real-time validation and verification of new and old employees, improve data accuracy for decision making, enhance transparency and accountability, save Government the huge costs of regular Payroll Audits across the country since the data can be audited anytime at source, and will operate in decentralized biometric verification centres, saving users the cost of travelling to Accra for validation and verification.”

According to the Government Waste Report 2022 issued by the Institute of Liberty and Policy Innovation in June last year, Ghana loses up to GH¢100 million annually to identity fraud in the nature of ghost names on the government’s payroll.



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