Committee Reveals Anomalies In Employment

An Executive Committee led by State Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries Hassan Urbano Alex submitted the report to Governor Louis Lobong Lojore for action. [Gurtong | File]

The investigations into the State Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Human Resource Development follow dubious practices of employment by the ministry.

An Executive Committee led by State Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries Hassan Urbano Alex submitted the report to Governor Louis Lobong Lojore for action.

The report revealed irregularities on recruitment and promotion of civil servants into civil service by the State Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Human Resource Development, the practice he termed as an un-procedural act.

He disclosed that nine employees were discovered entered into payroll un-procedurally while seven of them were found appointed to the super scale grades and two of promoted to higher grades which they did not deserve.

Urbano clarified that his committee noted that the seven appointed employees to the super scale grades were surprisingly discovered without any possessions of appointment or application letters including birth or national identity certificates and even Academic certificates in their respective personnel files.

He added that within the same ministry there was huge amount of money treated secretly and internally as allowances labelled as ‘others’ without specification on which allowances classification or category.

The amount of the money that had been spent on allowances by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Human Resource Development on its civil servants labelled as ‘other’ allowances was more than 6,600 South Sudanese Pounds.

Citing nature of work done by civil servants, Urbano further clarified that such specific allowances exist and legalize by the state authority and have not been affected by the move and they remain in enforce entitled to everyone given to them depending on their respective grades.

He said the ministry in the question headed by Hon. Josephine Akulang Abalang has clearly contradicted and violated the State Council of Ministers which passed resolution No. 16/2012 in May 2012.

Issued on 8 May 2013, the eight-member committee deputised by the Minister of Housing and Public Utilities Banaiah Benjamin Kitara was primarily charged to thoroughly investigate un-procedural recruitments and promotions of employees, crosscheck and verify each government employee, considering period of promotions and appointments in addition to crosschecking all the payroll system.

Efforts by Gurtong to reach the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Human Resource Development Hon. Josephine Akulang Abalang for comments turned futile as she was not present at the time though the Committee insists that she is responsible for the anomalies since is the top principal of the ministry.

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