Juba — The national Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development has launched the pilot phase of an electronic payroll management system which will improve payroll management and enhance efficiency in the civil service.
The South Sudan Electronic Payroll System II (SSEPS II) Pilot which will be implemented from February to April this year will seek to improve payroll management at the national and state levels.
Speaking when she launched the project at the Ministry boardroom, the Undersecretary for Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mrs Angeth Acol de Dut, said SSEPS II would go a long way in reducing the civil service wage bill which remains a major challenge for the government.
Madam Angeth said under the austerity programme, the government was supposed to reduce the size of the workforce and remove ghost workers from its payroll.
The Undersecretary said payroll management was the function of the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, adding that institutions which do not forward their reports to the Ministry as required by SSEPS II would have their payrolls withheld.
Addressing the meeting, the Director General of Establishment in the Ministry, Mr Albino Aguer, said the Ministry had trained 28 establishment officers from the states and disciplined forces on electronic payroll management. Mr Aguer said the next stage would be to train establishment officers at the county, payam and boma levels.
The DG said a thorough clean-up was required at the state levels to remove persons who are on the payroll without official appointment.
To ensure that it becomes effective, SSEPS II will involve training of various cadres of staff including establishment officers, payroll managers, DGs, Ministry of Finance officials involved in budgeting and support personnel offering helpdesk services.