IMANI/OccupyGhana’s payroll trap nabs NPP top guns

General News of Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Source: The Republic

Franklin Cudjoe Imani Ghana

Damning pieces of evidence are emerging relating to how politicians from the previous administration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are caught in a ring, swindling the Controller and Accountant General (CAGD) to draw salaries even though they are currently not on government payroll.

The Republic is in possession of evidence proving that a number of politicians who were also appointees of the previous NPP government are still “skin-deep” in the alarming payroll scandal.

An audit report gleaned by this paper shows that Dr. Twum Nuamah, an NPP Member of Parliament for Berekum East and his wife Mrs. Amankwaa Nana Akua, who were both appointed Medical officers in the public service in the previous administration drew thousands of Ghana cedis as salaries for periods ranging between 10 and 7 months after they had left public sector.

The couple cashed a whopping total of Ghc67,012.88 in unearned salaries from their respective banks-Ghana Commercial Bank and Agricultural Development Bank at Techiman and Berekum.

“We noted that two (2) formal staff members namely Dr. Twum Nuamah (Former Medical Superintendent) and Mrs. Amankwaa Nana Akua (a nurse) who left the institution since January 2013 and May 2013 respectively still have their names appearing on the hospital’s mechanized payment vouchers. As a result, a total amount of Ghc67,012.88 was paid into their personal bank accounts at the Ghana Commercial Bank and Agricultural Development Bank at Techiman and Berekum respectively,” excerpts of the intercepted audit report stated.

This revelation is coming at a time Policy think-tank, IMANI Ghana, and the protest group, OccupyGhana, are gleefully threatening to pin the immense payroll fraud on the current administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The two organizations- known for having strong ties with the opposition NPP – have given the CAGD an ultimatum on what they believe is an active payroll being perpetrated by some powerful individuals with influence on the payroll system.

The IMANI boss, Franklin Cudjoe, has threatened to expose the Controller and Accountant General’s Department over what he describes as an incriminating document he has intercepted about the country’s payroll system, saying the intercepted documents showed that the country lost huge sums of money through the system in a manner which was “orchestrated and well planned.

According to Mr. Cudjoe, the report, which has some staggering revelations, is from an international firm, which audited the payroll system.

The posture of OccupyGhana, led by Ace Annan Ankomah and IMANI, has been criticized as appearing as though the payroll challenges are an orchestrated scheme by the current administration, even though evidence shows that the same situation dogged the previous administration of the NPP.

In the past couple of days, Mr. Cudjoe had been releasing aspects of the purported report in piecemeal, forcing officials to dare him to release the full report.

Presidential staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak, is among officials who have challenged IMANI/OccupyGhana in their quest.

In a letter addressed to Franklin Cudjoe, Dr. Apaak wrote: “AS JDM (President John Mahama) has indicated, the fight against corruption and fraud against the state is collective fight.

“So, if you have intercepted a report from an international audit firm showing this payroll thing we are doing is a joke, please make it available immediately to the state investigative bodies or the public.”

He added: “What do you gain by keeping it; put it out! Why are you threatening to expose the Controller and Accountant Generals Department over your intercepted incriminating document about the payroll, expose it, it’s the first step in fighting corruption.”