A psychical verification exercise undertaken by the management of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), has led to the deletion of a total of 16, 839 beneficiaries from the payroll due to anomalies.
The action has saved the taxpayer an amount of GHc 29, 206,800, a draft report has stated.
Through the verification, 2,716 beneficiaries were recruited without appointment letters but the agency was paying an amount of GHc 814,800.00 every month to them.
‘’This translates into GHc3,259, 200.00 for four months (February-May).
Nine thousand, four hundred and forty-two (9,442) beneficiaries were above the requirement. This amounted to GHc2,832,600.00 every month.
According to him, due to the suspension of payments, it saved the agency GHc11,330,400.00.
Another 4,681 beneficiaries have vacated post. This means the agency was paying GHc1,404,300.00 every month and therefore, the agency would have paid GHc5,617,200.00 for four months.
Beneficiaries numbering, 11,512 were without assumption duty letters. This amounts to GHc3,453,600.00 per month and for four months, the agency would have paid GHc17,331,600.00.
Addressing the press today [Wednesday], Acting CEO of YEA, Justin Kodua Frimpong said the physical verification also established that some district directors connived with some beneficiaries to partake in the exercise ‘’knowing very well that they [beneficiaries] have vacated their post.’’
He indicated that after the new management took over office, a total of 63,000 beneficiaries across the country were presented to them.
However, after an audit of the figure, a number of discrepancies were identified.
He said, arears which was submitted to them for payment included arrears to some beneficiaries as far back as May 2016 and 2,999 beneficiaries who had vacated their post were drawing allowance.
An audit was conducted into the anomalies and through that, 2,999 beneficiaries were deleted saving the nation GHc4,270,800 cedis, he said.
‘’in effect, for each month, the taxpayer was saved an amount of GHc1, 067,700 which would have gone into wrong hands.’’
Findings of the draft report of the internal audit at the agency for some 45 selected districts across the country revealed that ‘’payments of unearned allowances to beneficiaries not at post amounted to GHc1,247,300.
Funds meant for official use paid into personnel account or disbursed in cash amounted to GHc5, 433,261, he said.
Supporting documents for payments not sighted amounted to GHc1, 789,191.
Procurement without adherence to due process amounted to GHc85, 563.
A clear case of forgery of the signature of the current CEO was also captured in audit report.
Beneficiaries recruited without appointment letters/appointments letters not signed by the CEO among others were also recorded.
Meanwhile, the agency he stated will strengthen the internal audit control mechanism including the introduction of a pre-monthly validation policy before payments.
Payments he stressed must pass through the internal audit unit for pre-auditing before same is effected.