Ghana continues to battle with disturbing financial leakages as scandals relating to the payment of salaries to non-existent government employers popularly known ''ghost names''. Find out five of the most disturbing ghost name scams ever to have hit Ghana's public sector.
National Service Secretariat:
The scam at the National Service Secretariat (NSS) involving the payment of salaries to thousands of unknown service personnel is feared to have caused a whopping GH¢7.9m - a development which led not only to the dismissal of 163 staff members but also the arrest of 20 NSS directors.
Ministry of Sports:
The Sports allegedly spent a whopping GH¢429 million on undocumented beneficiaries under the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (now Youth Entrepreneurial Agency) in 2013. Responding to questions from members of the Public Accounts Committee, the Ministry headed by Nii Lantey Vanderpauye and his Deputy Vincent Oppong Asamoah admitted that their outfit contracted some sixteen agencies and service providers to support some 10,000 deprived youth across the country but failed to provide evidence to buttress their claims.
Accra Psychiatric Hospital
A 2012 audited report of the Auditor-General has revealed that the unidentified persons, popularly known as ‘ghost names’ on the health facility’s payroll during the year under review earned salaries worth GH¢ 16,426.20.
Ghana Education Service
Four thousand and twenty-nine names of teachers on the government payroll since October 2015 have been identified as belonging to "ghosts". The revelation resulted from the implementation of an agreement reached between the three teacher unions and government institutions to police pay administration in the public sector.