August 18, 2016(BOR) – Over 900,000 SSP was saved by Jonglei state government after a screening exercise, involving removal of ghost workers and absentees from payrolls.
- Jonglei state governor, Phillip Aguer speaks during the independence occassion July 9, 2016 (ST)
The process, an official told Sudan Tribune, started three months ago.
According to the state secretary general, Mawut Achiek, not less than 250 employees whose names were found on payrolls, but not presence at work places, were screened.
“We are saving 300,000 SSP. This had been going to individuals’ pockets in the state. We have also identified not less than 250 ghost names. These are people, who are no longer there, or they had never existed and there is no scientific evidence to proof their employment in the first place”, Achiek told reporters in the state capital, Bor.
The state government, he said, inherited a huge workforce when the province was controversially divided into four states, namely Fangak, Eastern Bieh and Boma.
The other three states went away with workforce of less than 3,000 employees in total, leaving new Jonglei state with over 5,000 employees alone, stressed Achiek.
Meanwhile, the state government said it was not determined to fully reduce the workforce to a reasonable number that would easily be manageable financially.