SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT ORDERS HEAD COUNT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 3, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Solomon Islands government has ordered a head count of all public servants working throughout the country, following up reports that more than 80 retired public servants are still on the government payroll.

The head count is expected to be completed later this year, the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Minister of State Assisting the Prime Minister, Alfred Sasako, said the head count would enable the government to know exactly how many people are working in the public sector, and avoid paying money to "ghost employees."

Earlier, the senior government official said the government had not been able to establish who were benefiting from the payments to the retired public servants.

Sasako confirmed that the recipients of the payments are among 235 public servants already identified for retirement under the government’s public service restructure program.

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