This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Eastern Equatoria State government has moved to audit the status of the state’s pension funds for its civil servants.
An 8-member committee constituted by the State Minister of Public Service, Labour and Human Resource Development to investigate civil servants’ pension has completed its assignment and will soon present its findings before the state parliament.
The committee led by Assembly Economic Development Committee member John Ochan Bongomin was formed to extensively probe into state civil servants’ 8 percent monthly contributions towards the pension scheme as well as to find out any irregularities in successive state government’s employees’ pension deductions from July 2005 to June 2011.
Among its other objectives were to check the pay sheets from July 2005 to June 2011 identify and verify number of pensioners in the state due for 2011 and to investigate the purpose of the SSP 4, 000,000 that was deposited in Nile Commercial Bank before it became bankrupt.
The committee chair declined to divulge details of the report, saying it remains confidential until it is presented before the state parliament next week.
The team comprises of Director of Pension and Social Insurance in the Ministry of Public Service Ben Okwahi Lauro who also doubles as Bongomin’s deputy and senior inspector in the Ministry of Public Service Albert Ohide Lekoi as the committee’s secretary.
Other members include state member of parliament and member in the committee of public service and administration reforms Christine Nakwar Patrick, a legal counsellor from the state legal administration Joseph Oleyo Konyi, Director of internal audit unit from the finance ministry Justine Odur, Director of accounts in the finance ministry Mario Grant Lochom and the director of political affairs in the state secretariat general for government Peter Oduho Albino.
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