Tuesday, May 20, 2008

GUARD YOUR PAYSLIPS...Sotie cautions workers (BACK PAGE)

Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

THE Controller and Accountant General, Mr Christian Tetteh Sotie, has called on workers to jealously guard their payslips, since there are indications that some unscrupulous persons are stealing payslips to purchase goods on hire purchase.
Addressing a workers’ forum in Kumasi, he said the acts had resulted in wrongful deductions from employers’ salaries, adding that some suspects were being prosecuted.
He said the suspects managed to make fake identity cards and with the aid of the payslips, impersonated the employees to purchase the items.
Mr Sotie called on employees to report excess deductions made on their salaries to the department for prompt action.
The Accountant-General touched on the stoppage of the October 2006 salaries of members of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and said the decision was based on a directive from the Ghana Education Service Council.
He, therefore, dismissed allegations by the Greater Accra Regional branch of NAGRAT that the Accountant General paid the amount into a bank account.
He pointed out that payment of salaries was based on inputs made into the payroll system by the various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
Mr Sotie advised the NAGRAT leadership to contact his office for explanation on matters bothering them instead of resorting to the radio to prosecute their agenda.
The Accountant General noted that this would help them improve their service delivery for the good of all.
He disclosed that very soon the department would establish a call centre where workers could call free of charge to make enquiries on issues relating to their payroll from any part of the country without having to travel to Accra.

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