The government’s tracking system has unearthed 61 ghost employees who have so far swindled government of about P10 million in monthly salaries, the Director of the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) Ruth Maphorisa told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday.
According to Maphorisa, though this anomaly occurred across all departments in the public service, a bulk of these unaccounted employees are in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and the Ministry of Health.
In the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Maphorisa says, this anomaly started after government was forced to hire temporary employees when permanent employees were sent for further studies. “When they returned it happened that the system didn’t discontinue paying those who were on temporary employment,” she says. At the Ministry of Health she says the mix-up was caused by the transition of nurses’ payroll from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to the Ministry of Health.
She told the PAC that all responsible ministries have been tasked with recovering the lost funds from those concerned. Meanwhile, the DPSM boss told the PAC that 9500 vacant post are currently sitting unfilled in the public service, the majority of which are in central government.
In response to this she says government has moved to decentralise recruitment and promotion of D1 scale and below to line ministries. This, she says, is targeted at speeding up recruitment process in order to have a fully resourced and efficient public service.
Furthermore Maphorisa revealed that DPSM was currently undergoing major restructuring, which will see it focusing more on policy development thus leaving management issues to line ministries.
According to Maphorisa, a consultancy was commissioned to review conditions of service in the public service, and though their recommendations were reviewed and approved they are still awaiting implementation as some of them will have to pass before the bargaining council.