The workforce of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) is overwhelmed with ghosts to the extent that an employee who had died in 2013 was maintained on the payroll collecting salary for 17 months, a review of the General Auditing Commission’s report at the legislature has revealed.
GAC claimed in its report that MCSS has 22 employees who were dismissed, died or resigned but maintained on the institution’s wage bill months after the three months statutory requirement.
The practice is causing government to lose millions in needed revenue, the GAC said.
“A deceased employee in 2013/2014 was maintained on the MCSS payroll for twenty (20) months, 17 months more than the three month period allowed by the PFM. Possible loss to GoL amounted L$600,000. 22 employees dismissed, died or resigned in 2014/2015 were s maintained on the MCSS payroll for twenty 22 months after the statutory period. Possible loss to GoL amounted L$3,132,034.00,” GAC said.
“The MCSS Management did not disclose in its financial statements internally generated funds such as school fees and other related fees for the period under audit. An analysis of the bank statements revealed that the Management of MCSS collected a total of US$46,452.75 and LD$10,476.486.19 for fiscal years 2012/2013 and 2014/2015.”
But in response to GAC report, MCSS Superintendent, Benjamin Jacobs denied deliberately maintaining ghost names on government’s payroll to defraud government.
If there are names on MCSS’s payroll, my institution should not be responsible because MCSS wrote the CSA notifying it about employees that are not in the employ of the institution, he said.
MCSS Human Resource Manager Samuel Lavela said there are documentations to show that CSA was written to delete names of employees dismissed, resigned or died from the payroll.
The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Account (PAC) has rescheduled public hearing for the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) to return Wednesday along with authorities of the Civic Servant Agency (CSA) to explain what they know about the ghosts.
Writes Alex Yomah