It is not surprising to visit a governmental organization only to discover that most workers are absent. This is the case in some African countries where ghost workers make up a large percentage of the entire workforce. To curb these excesses and ensure that only those who work are paid, the Tanzanian President is using Blockchain Technology to weed out nonexistent workers.
President is Applauded for His Efforts Towards Combating Corruption
John Pombe Magufuli, the President of Tanzanian who was elected into office in October 2015, has been applauded by several organizations. This is because of his efforts towards combating corruption in the country. It was revealed that when the president made a surprise visit to the Finance Ministry in 2015, several officials were absent. Since then, the country has been trying to tackle this problem.
Of recent, Tanzania is using Blockchain Technology to determine who the real workers are. The latest report from the government reveals that from then until this year, thousands of Ghost Workers have been fished out. This has helped to save about 430 billion Tanzanian shillings ($195.4 million) which are paid on a monthly basis to such workers.
Maintaining Only Honest, Accountable and Hardworking Workers
In 2016, Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the country is quoted to have said that Tanzanian’s priority, is to maintain only “honest, accountable, and hardworking workers”. That same year, about 10,000 Ghost Workers were eliminated from the system. This saved the country $2 million that would’ve been paid out monthly.
Based on reports, Tanzania spends over $260 million every month to pay its workers. There are about 550,000 public workers and it is on the increase on a yearly basis. Transparency International in 2017, ranked the country 103 out of 175 countries. Judging from this data, it is a slight improvement from their rank of 117 out of 167 countries in 2016.
More African Countries are Adopting Blockchain Technology
Other African countries are also adopting Blockchain technology to either improve their economy or eliminate fraud. The South African Government of recent considered adding cryptocurrency to its National Payment System. The country outlined that the payment system has not been updated for decades. As such, there was a need to meet the trends in Technology.
Also, the customs service in Nigeria adopted Blockchain Technology in July this year. The platform believes that this will help in combating corruption and also increase the revenue generated by 50 percent. It can also be recalled that in November, Atiku Abubakar, a presidential candidate for the 2019 elections in the country said he will regulate cryptocurrencies if he becomes president.