Ghanaian Chronicle

Accountant-General clarifies public sector salary anomalies

Date published: November 8, 2012


The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department’s says some employees on the Government of Ghana (GoG) payroll, particularly staff of the Ghana Education Service (GES), have complained about alleged unjustified reductions in their net salaries for October 2012.


According to the department, upon a thorough investigation of the allegation by a team constituted by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, it was revealed that the payment of the 2010-2011 Single Spine salary arrears which were enjoyed by public sector staff from October 2011 was largely completed in July 2012.


The payment of 2012 arrears resulting from the 18% salary increase for 2012 was also completed in September 2012. Thus, at the end of October 2012, Single Spine salary arrears (2010-2011) and 2012 18% salary increase arrears were no longer available for public sector employees who have been paid all such arrears.


For example, in September 2012, the total amount of GHȻ34.9 million which was paid to GES staff as arrears was no longer available in October 2012; these were contained in a statement issued by the department.


It stated: “Some staff of GES experienced significant declines in their net salaries because their commitments under third party deductions such as servicing of loans were honoured. Historical information of staff on such third party deductions was updated and the necessary deductions duly effected”.


The statement noted that the above considerations resulted in the alleged unjustified reduction in net salaries for October 2012.

For instance, it noted that an employee with a basic salary of GHȻ1,481.39 at the end of September 2012 did not suffer any loss in basic salary at the end of October 2012.


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