Gov’t owe retirees SSP 26.5 billion in pension-report

Gov’t owe retirees SSP 26.5 billion in pension-report

Retired national and state civil servants are grappling with accumulated pension arrears amounting to SSP26 billion, dating back to 2006.

According to the findings of the budget report for the fiscal year 2022–2023 that was delivered to the national assembly on Thursday by the specialized committee of finance and economic planning, the backlog can be attributed to the growing number of elderly workforce competing and a lack of retirement strategy.

The lawmakers revealed that senior security officers are placed on a reserve list rather than a retirement list, which duplicates their pay on the payroll system.

They recommended that the SSPDF pension fund be operationalised to allow the exit of retired soldiers.

The House also recommended that the army and veterans’ pension fund be reinforced and reformed so that senior officers in the security sector can be made to retire to prevent payroll system duplication.

 “Senior officers in the security sector are not put into retirement but in the reserve list, which causes duplication on a payroll system which makes huge money to ghost names and no proper pension system for the army and other organized forces.”

“Many ghost [workers] also exist in public services, especially in national, state, and administrative areas, which they attribute to the lack of a biometric system to control the payment of wages and salaries,” the budget report noted.

The governance cluster was given a memo on the electronic biometric system by Julius Tabuley, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Management, on Tuesday this week for review.

He disclosed that the ministry had received a grant from the World Bank for the installation of an electronic payroll system worth $34 million.

The overall goal of the memo is to restructure payroll in order to develop a system that is more reliable, and efficient, and offers high levels of assurance for human resource attendance, according to Garang Tong Aken, deputy minister of cabinet affairs.