Controller to introduce E-salary payment voucher in October

SalaryThe Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) would from October introduce the Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) for workers who receive their salary from the department.

This forms part of government’s efforts to improve upon the management of public sector payroll.

Mr George Baah Director in charge of Payroll, announced this on Monday at a two-day training workshop for management units, human resource managers, accountants, regional and district directors of the various Institutions in Cape Coast.

The E-SPV is an electronic version of the paper salary payment voucher that must be validated in real-time and securely through the internet before salaries are paid.

Mr Baah explained that the E-SPV allows for easy validation and submission of salary payment vouchers online to the CAGD.

He said the introduction of the E-SPV has gone a long way to reduce the number of ghost names on government pay roll and encouraged staff who are paid through the CAGD to register with the e-zwich smart card system for the payment of their salary.

Mr  Baah said the  new policy  directive has successfully been implemented  in seven  regions and that  effective October, salaries would be processed for the Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the Central Region that validate and certify  the E-SPV sent to  them by the CAGD.

He cautioned that any unit that failed to validate and certify their E-SPV would lead to its staff not being paid for that month and officers who are found culpable would be sanctioned and in extreme cases prosecuted in court.

He said for the programme to achieve any success, it is imperative for the various sectors and units to take full ownership and control of their pay roll adding: “No validation no salary.”

Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, Central Regional Minister, commended the CAGD for introducing the programme, adding that it would help reduce the number of ghost names on government payroll.

According to him about 80 per cent of the audit report queries are on payroll issues such as resignation, transfers, terminations, vacation of post and ghost names.

He said the new system would be able to address the situation.

He warned that the units’ heads in-charge of the E-SVP who failed to validate and certify the pre-list of persons on their payroll and amounts would be made to face the anger of their staff.

Source: GNA

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