An Iraqi financial oversight committee visited KRG Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A committee from Iraq’s financial oversight body visited KRG Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs on Tuesday. They will also visit other ministries as Baghdad expands its audits of the KRG’s employee lists.
"Today a financial oversight committee from Baghdad visited our ministry. They explained in detail to us what their aim is and why they have come here. We also gave them a brief description about our ministry. It was a high-ranking team,” Berivan Hamdi, a deputy at the KRG’s Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, told Rudaw.
They have left two technical teams at the ministry and will be visiting other ministries, Hamdi added.
“We talked about the number of employees and their dossiers. We also talked about the heroes within the ministry that benefit from receiving the martyr’s pension, which is a salary, from us,” he explained.
Those receiving a salary from the ministry number up to 90,000.
The Iraqi committee will visit Sulaimani, Duhok, Garmiyan, and other KRG areas. They will also audit a number of people from Kirkuk on the ministry’s payroll.
The officials from Baghdad had earlier visited the Ministry of Higher Education.
The central government’s auditing process of the payrolls of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education is ongoing, Viyan Mohammed Hussein, general manager of planning at the health ministry, confirmed.
The review of the Ministry of Health is complete, but the auditors have concerns with 3 percent of the biometric employee list, Hussein said, and will be subject to further investigation.