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Gov’t Saves US$2.3m

-As MOE Removes 1,164 Ghost Names From Payroll

Following a comprehensive payroll and personnel audit by the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the ministry has ordered the removal of about 1164 ghost names from its payroll with immediate effect.

According to a release from the Ministry of Education, the move will save the Liberian Government about US$2.3 million annually.

The release further said the decision was reached Thursday, November 15, 2018 at a stakeholder validation meeting comprising the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning (MFDP), and the Civil Service Agency (CSA).

According to a resolution adopted at the stakeholder meeting, the Ministry of Education has forwarded the list of 908 ghost names for immediate removal from the payroll beginning this November which accounts for US$1,796,101.00 annual basic salary.

Prior to the IAA audit, the Education Ministry conducted an internal monitoring process that identified about 256 employees who abandoned their jobs in the various counties accounting for US$568,393.00 in annual basic salary.

Speaking at the validation meeting on Thursday, the Minister of Education, Professor Ansu Dao Sonii, Sr. as well as the IAA Director General Emmanuel Nyeswa praised the efforts of all involved in achieving this tremendous milestone.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education and the Internal Audit Agency will shorty undertake a joint verification exercise of additional 1,426 names that were identified during the first phase of the audit process, which accounts for about US$28 million dollars annually.

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