Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Wisner has disclosed that a total of 44,000 civil servants are currently on the payroll of the Government of Liberia.
Director Wisner said the number will reduce because the CSA under its reform program is still deleting the names of ghost employees, those on multiple payrolls and users of false identity to receive pay.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the CSA Director General made the disclosure Monday when he appeared on the ELBC radio talk show, 'The Super Morning Show'.
Wisner said the CSA has so far been able to delete the names of 2,000 people from the payroll, adding that of that number, 400 to 500 people were discovered to be on multiple payrolls.
He also disclosed that the CSA has succeeded in reducing the number of employees at the Ministry of Education from more than 900 to 400.
Wisner noted that the Governance Reform Commission, Liberia Institute of Public Administration and the CSA are working collaboratively to reform the civil service, taking into account the size of the Government, its pay system and professional service.
The CSA boss said although the reform process is associated with pains, it is necessary to ensure productivity, efficiency and professionalism in government.
Wisner pointed out that people used to be employed in government without going through the Civil Service Agency employment process, especially during the war years, thereby bloating the size of the government.
He said the CSA has already completed the preparation of a recruitment manual that will guide the government in recruitment after the freeze placed on employment in government expires.
Meanwhile, Director General Wisner has commended the World Bank, African Development Bank and the Liberia Teacher Training Program, among others, for their contributions to the CSA reform program.