-As Ghost Names Go Under the Microscope
By Esau J. Farr
The House of Representatives has announced a planned cleansing of its workforce with immediate effect.
The cleansing exercise is expected to affect staffers who have reached retirement age according to the Civil Service Agency Policy and dismissal of people alleged of receiving two to three separate salaries as well as taking off the payroll of Central Administration of the House of Representatives names of individuals who are considered ‘ghosts’.
“Ghost names” refer to workers or employees who do not actually exist in real life, but are names placed on payrolls to increase salary for the benefits of few workers.
The decision was reached Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in the Plenary of the House of Representatives during its 37th Day Sitting, Second Session of the 54th Legislature following a report presented to the leadership of the House by a specialized committee constituted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers.
The committee was headed by Grand Gedeh County Representative, Matthew Zarzar with several other representatives.
According to findings from the report, there are some workers of the Central Administration of the Capitol Building who repeatedly and yearly ill or sick without reporting to work, but regularly receive their salaries and benefits.
The report also discovered that there are some workers in the same or different departments with similar educational qualification and experience, but there are disparities in their salaries.
Speaker Chambers on Tuesday mandated the House’s Committees on Rules, Orders and Administration, Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning in conjunction with the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to execute the mandate in line with the CSA policy. TNR