By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 20 April 2015:
The Tripoli-based Audit Bureau, under the control of the GNC-Libya Dawn authorities, announced today that . . .[restrict]it anticipates that the state-sector salary bill in the Ministry of Defence for 2015 will be cut by half from LD 4 billion to LD 2 billion.
The statement comes as part of the Audit Bureau’s work in linking all state-sector salary payments with the National ID Number.
Divulging some of the details, the Bureau further revealed that it had discovered a staggering 412, 687 false National ID Numbers, of which 22,554 were above the legal age of receiving a salary.
Some of these fraudulently claiming a state salary were found to have been born in 1900 – over 115 years old, the Audit Bureau claimed.
There were also about 604 fraudulent state-salary claimants that were below the legal age of receiving a salary, some born as recent as 2013.
The implementation of the National ID Number has been forced upon the Libyan authorities as a result of the current financial crises facing Libya, due to the decline in state revenues caused by the collapse in its oil production and the crash in international crude oil prices.
These factors have for the first time in decades forced the state authorities into ending the widely practiced act of fraudulent state-salary claims. [/restrict]