SSNIT D-G lied about $78m OBS not working?

SSNIT D-G lied about $78m OBS not working?

-SSNIT D-G stated that the OBS was not working and they were negotiating to get it fixed

-Later information suggests he may have lied.

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Breaking: SSNIT D-G lied about $78m OBS not working?
SSNIT boss, Dr John Ofori-Koranteng

The scandal at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) over the purchase of a new operational business suite (OBS) has taken a sudden and interesting twist.

Emerging reports suggest that the initial revelation that the OBS was not working may have been misunderstood or a total lie.

SSNIT Director-General, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang in a radio interview confirmed that the OBS which his outfit had spent over $78 million to acquire needed to be fixed because it was not working.

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Coming against the backdrop that the software's cost, originally set at $34 million but ballooned to its current price due to some challenges it faced, was considered by many as overly exorbitant, the news of software not being usable angered the general public, some of whom called for the prosecution of the people involved in the transaction.

But information has gathered indicates that the OBS, which came in divisions of 14 modules, has many of the modules working, making Dr Ofori-Tenkorang's statement not wholly truthful.

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Checks suggest that Dr Ofori-Tenkorang about two months prior to his revelation had actually launched the Benefits Payment module with high praise for the system saying turn around time for claim payments had been reduced to just about one week.

It is believed that another module of the SSNIT OBS was utilised in clearing the over 26,000 ghost names which government recently announced.

The execrice, according to government, had saved the nation over GHC250 million.

This new development contradicts Dr Ofori-Tenkorang's claim that the suite was not functional.

But Head of Public Relations at SSNIT, Victoria Abedu has come to the defence of her boss saying that, though some of the modules were operational, many others like the Compliance Module were not fully functional

"I am happy that is has come to the fore that the system is working, but just a few modules aren't final. The Compliance Module isn't fully functional", she said on Joy FM's Super Morning Show on Monday.

Her statement seemed to suggest that Dr Ofori-Tenkorang may have been talking about the OBS not being fully functional rather than it not working at all.

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