SOFTtribe Limited, locally grown ICT software development company, in charge of government payroll system, has reacted to some issues raised in the ongoing heated debate between IMANI Ghana and the Controller And Accountant General?s Department (CAGD). According to the company, most of the issues raised by the two entities were false.
It could be recall that IMANI, a policy think-tank has made certain revelations to the effect that SOFTtribe’s Akatua took three (3) days to process 70% of the payroll and that 70% of the Government of Ghana?s payroll had been outsourced to SOFTtribe.
However, SOFTtribe in a statement issued, made available to Spy Multimedia Limited (spyGhana.com) and signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Tetteh Antonio, he noted that all these claims are ?inaccurate,? explaining that, CAGD has purchased and owns SOFTtribe’s Akatua payroll software platform and currently uses it to run 70% of the government payroll.
He also went further to state that, in CAGD?s reaction to IMANI, it made certain wrong statements to the effect that the Akatua is equally confronted with the challenges of payroll management as the Oracle system/IPPD2 which the department own.
?This is not completely accurate,? it said, explaining that, ?When Akatua was first implemented in 2008, it flagged and rejected the faulty data which had been retrieved from the Oracle system. SOFTtribe would like to state here that Akatua possesses a rigorous set of validations and controls, which is known in the industry.?
The CEO averred that, CAGD instructed SOFTtribe to temporarily disable the requisite controls from Akatua for it to accept the faulty data from their Oracle system with the explanation that CAGD was responsible for payroll administration and validation whereas SOFTtribe was responsible for the technology.
According to the company, it complied with CAGD’s request and successfully processed five years of unprocessed arrears in under six weeks, which the Oracle system had been incapable of processing over the years.
After six years of running payroll, the company noted, the Oracle system was still facing major challenges in that on 12th June, 2012, the Finance Ministry instructed the Controller to move the live government payroll in its totality unto the more stable Akatua.
SOFTtribe however pointed out that in all its dealings, it kept the CADG in the known, and it successfully implemented Pensions and GES payroll, which constitutes 70% of government payroll alerting CAGD of the dire nature of the Pensions data that had been retrieved from the Oracle system.
He however stressed that, as a reputable locally grown ICT software development company with over 20 years’ experience in payroll and numerous clients, they are worried that their international reputation may be tarnished by the ongoing claims and counter claims which are totally false.
Below is a press release and other supporting documents.
Press Release Response CAGD IMANI 1
Alert (IPPD Major Risks)
Arrears Release Order
Instruction to Move Payroll to Akatua
Alert on Data Integrity
Instruction to Proceed With Existing Data
Source: Spy Multimedia Limited (spyGhana.com)