Ex-SSNIT boss, 4 others charged with causing financial loss

Former SSNIT boss Ernest Thompson
Former SSNIT boss, Ernest Thompson

A former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ernest Thompson and four others, have been charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state.

This is in relation to the over 140-million dollar Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract entered into and executed during his tenure as head of SSNIT.

Ernest Thompson is facing the charges alongside John Hagan Mensah, a former IT infrastructure manager at SSNIT, Juliet Hassana Kramer, CEO of Perfect Business Systems, Caleb Kwaku Afaglo, former head of Management Information System (MIS) at SSNIT and Peter Hayibor, a lawyer for SSNIT.

The five individuals are facing a total of 29 counts ranging from willfully causing financial loss to the state, conspiracy to cause financial loss to the state, defrauding by false pretense, contravention of public procurement authority act and authoring of forged documents.

The accused persons allegedly contributed to the state losing millions of dollars over the SSNIT OBS software. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In August 2017 about 15 people appeared before the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) as witnesses in the matter.

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SSNIT also contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of the contract.

Fake MIS boss

Amidst the controversy, it emerged that Caleb Afaglo, who was appointed in 2015, did not hold the right qualifications.

He was interdicted by the management of the Trust over suspicions that his Bachelors’, Masters’ and Doctorate degrees were fake.

EOCO conducted raids in his house, seized his passport and froze his bank account to commence investigations into his qualifications.

Sacked SSNIT MIS boss, Caleb Afaglo

EOCO also reportedly interrogated members of Mr Afaglo’s household and confiscated some documents belonging to him.

The Management of SSNIT subsequently said it was entirely convinced that the degrees were fake and had therefore taken the decision to sack Mr Afaglo.

Mr. Afaglo’s CV indicates that he acquired his BSC and MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the Kennedy Western University, which was an affiliate of the University of Cincinnati until it was closed down in 2011.

Other revelations

A number of other revelations have been made by the current management of SSNIT including the fact that the former Director-Generals of the body, including Ernest Thompson, travelled on first-class tickets on foreign trips.

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The current Director-General, Dr Ofori-Tenkorang, said he cancelled such benefits and opted for business class when he assumed office.

He also revealed that about ten staff of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust [SSNIT], have been dismissed in the last few months for possessing fake certificates.

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