By Salem Ali.
Tripoli, 16 February 2015:
The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has denied reports that it has been deliberately withholding salaries . . .[restrict]to state employees many of whom have not been paid since December.
The problems lay with the Ministry of Finance, CBL spokesman Essam El-Oul told the Libya Herald.
“So far we’ve received no salary lists at all from the Finance Ministry,” he said. “Once we get it, we’ll pay immediately”. However, the lists had to include not only the name but their ID numbers as well. “Our only condition is to receive the ID national number with the names.”
Ministries send their salary details to the Finance Ministry which then approves them and forwards the details to the CBL for payment.
The Audit Bureau of Libya (ABL) has likewise denied obstructing salary payments. However, in a statement on its website, it said that national ID numbers had to be added to the names.
So far, however, there have been no requisition orders leading to suggestions that because governmental departments are confused about the ID numbers they are have not submitting their lists to the Finance Ministry.
The objective of using ID numbers to process salary payment is to prevent duplication and corruption. [/restrict]