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19,203 workers got their job with fraudulent certificates – Auditor-General

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The Auditor-General, Danile Domelevo, has revealed in his report to parliament that 19,203 workers are suspected to have landed their jobs with fraudulent academic certificates.

The report said: “During our examination of records, we suspected a total of 19,203 academic certificates presented during the enumeration exercise to be fraudulent.

“A total of 7,407 out of the 19,203 suspicious certificates were confirmed to be genuine and 62 found to be fake. Owing to the challenges encountered by the universities in querying our data, they were unable to confirm the outstanding 11,734 certificates.

“We therefore provided the data to the heads of MDAs/MMDAs to liaise with the awarding institutions to confirm the certificates and submit a report for our attention.”

The A-G has also noted to its report to parliament that 84 workers who have reached the compulsory retirement age are still on the payroll.

The A-G has therefore asked the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) tackle that problem.

In the report, the AG said: “Owing to failure by CAGD to act on feedback from respective management heads, some 6,307 employees declared as “discontinued” through the ESPV system, continued to receive unearned salaries.

“We urged CAGD to terminate the records of all the discontinued employees on the payroll and ensure the full recovery of all the unearned salaries.

“For efficiency, we also recommended a seamless integration of the ESPV system with the payroll system thus resulting in prompt update of employee records.”

Regarding over-aged employees on active payroll, the report said : “We noted that the payroll system had not been properly configured to terminate automatically, records of employees who attain the statutory retirement age.

“Our review showed that, names of 84 employees who had attained the statutory retirement age, and had no contract extension, were still on the payroll. To ensure full compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, we urged CAGD to ensure proper configuration of the payroll system.”

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Transportation & housing cost will continue to make Accra most expensive city – Economist

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The cost of transporting foodstuff coupled with the high cost of housing in the capital Accra, among other factors, have been blamed for making the city the most expensive in Ghana.

An analysis of the Ghana Statistical Service’s data on inflation for 2019 shows that Greater Accra was the most expensive region for consumers over the past 12 months.

The country’s statistical agency which collects data on the changes in prices of food and non-food items last week Wednesday released its December 2019 data which showed that inflation in Greater Accra stood at 12 percent, while the overall national average was 7.9 percent.

Beyond the general movement of prices in December last year, a simple calculation of the average changes in prices of goods and services over the past 12 months indicated that the Greater Accra region’s 10.3 percent in all of 2019, was the highest in all the traditional ten regions measured.

Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim sharing the key drivers of inflation for December 2019 and most of the past year stated:

“Looking at the main drivers of inflation for December 2019, we see that food inflation continues to dominate. Food inflation precisely contributed about 2/5th of the inflation figure of 7.9 % for December 2019. Relative to the four previous months we realize that the figure has ranged between 45.5% and 39.4%.

This means food inflation is still dominant as a contributor to inflation in the country. Followed by this are housing and transportation. When you put these two together they contribute about a 3rd to our inflation.”

On his part Economist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Dr. Ebo Turkson, said the development was not surprising.

“You normally expect inflation to be high in cities like Accra. We don’t grow agricultural products here so food has to be transported, and transportation cost plays a key role in the pricing of products.

If you also look at housing as well, houses are expensive in Accra due to migration. And as you know cost of housing in Accra is relatively more expensive when compared to same in other African countries and even some parts of the United States.”

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