The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Some Govt Employees On More Than One Payrolls

It has been discovered that some employees of the Government of Liberia are on a multiple payroll thus causing the state a great loss.According to the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) Mr. George Warner, as a result of a vigorous exercise launched recently by the CSA to clean up government's payroll, it has been discovered that several individuals are on multiple payroll.

Addressing a joint news conference along with the Minister of Education and an official of the Finance Ministry yesterday at the information Ministry, Mr. Warner said currently there are experts in the field taking finger prints and taking photographs of civil servants in a bid to properly structure the government's payroll.

He said it was during these exercises that it was discovered a number persons are on multiple payroll, saying, "Some civil servants who are on the KRRTTI payroll are also on the Ministry of Education payroll while others are on two payrolls and getting pension pay at the same time."

The Civil Service Boss said to clean up the government's payroll is a gradual process that needs serious investigation and if anyone is caught he or she will be dealt with accordingly.

He said if a senior citizen is caught in such a practice he or she will be retained on the pension payroll but if a young person is caught his or her service will be terminated.

Mr. Warner said the cleaning up of the government's payroll will commence with the Education Ministry which is the largest of all the ministries and if it can be done at this ministry it will automatically be done at all the ministries.

The Civil Service chief said similar exercise has been carried out at the Ministry of Education Central Office where there were about 700 employees but following stringent screening that number was reduced to 400 with others being pensioned and those who want to return to school leaving for that purpose.

In a related development the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Finance has announced that 45 teachers who were mistakenly taken off the payroll will soon be paid. Deputy Finance Minister for Expenditure Mrs. Angela Bush Cassell said following investigation by the Ministry of Education, Finance and the Civil Service Agency, the 45 teachers were identified.

She disclosed that the government has earmarked L$6.9million to pay those teachers retroactively starting from the period dating back to 2010.

Meanwhile Education Minister Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh has disclosed that government through the support of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has begun the process of building science laboratories throughout the country, saying, "We have already completed ten of these laboratories".

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