The Comptroller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has initiated a payroll database alignment process with the National Identification Authority (NIA), Mr. Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, Comptroller and Accountant, said on Thursday. general.
The move is intended to facilitate proper and efficient validation of data to reduce the number of unqualified individuals appearing on the payroll.
As a result, over 3,000 public sector accountants were last year trained and certified on International Public Sector Accounting Standards to enhance staff capacity to improve service delivery.
Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem revealed this during the annual CAGD conference held in Cape Coast on the theme: “The role of CAGD in advancing Ghana’s digitization agenda”.
The three-day conference brings together selected accounting staff from metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies and departments to assess CAGD’s performance and propose a solution to its operational challenges.
Also present are dignitaries from the private and public sectors, including senior accountants and financial management experts.
Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem said the intervention went hand in hand with Ghana’s digitization campaign as an effective way to ensure efficiency, value for money and protection of public funds.
An effective national database would enable statutory institutions to consistently carry out their mandate to reduce corruption and spur rapid socio-economic development, he said.
Reducing the impact of digitalization on the operations of CAGD, Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem said that the Public Financial Management Act of 2016, Law 921, mandated CAGD to be responsible for the classification and management of books of values to be used by assemblies to ensure efficiency in revenue generation and reduction of leakage.
“Digitalization in the accounting field consists of integrating interactive technologies and transforming the accounting process to be much more agile, practical and assertive by guaranteeing the optimization of resources, effectiveness and efficiency in the management of public funds,” he noted.
Following this, Mr. Kwaning-Bosompem said the Department had embraced the initialization program through the electronic improvement of business processes through the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
Other initiatives are; the Third-Party Referencing System (TPRS), the Electronic Salary Payment Voucher validation system (ESPV) and the Electronic Pay Slip system.
He commended the staff for consistently showing a positive attitude and commitment to duty and urged them not to back down.
Ms. Justina Marigold Assan, Minister for the Central Region, commended CAGD staff for working tirelessly with the government to manage state resources and fight corruption.
She commended the Department for adopting innovative practices in its operations in a dynamic world of digitalization, driven by information and communication technologies.
Osabarima Kwasi Atta II, Omanahen from the traditional Oguaa region, who presided over the opening ceremony, urged all to embrace the digital revolution to transform their businesses and for their personal development.
He said digitization in businesses ensures efficiency in operations, making automation possible as fewer human errors are made and operational costs are reduced due to less human contact.
Attending the event were Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Head of Local Government Department and Nana Kwesi Agyekum Dwamena, Head of Civil Service.