Thirty-three staff of the National Service Scheme have been interdicted, with immediate effect.
This follows the report of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) on financial malfeasance in the operations of the Personnel Allowances Accounts in the 2013/2014 service year.
A statement issued and copied The Ghanaian Times by the Executive Director of the Scheme, Dr. Michael Kpessah Whyte, said the action was the first in line of various administrative measures being taken towards appropriate disciplinary actions.
The interdicted staff members are mostly from the National Secretariat and Regional Offices, and include Regional Directors, Accountants and Administrators.
They are Nelson Ayutiga, Chief Accountant, Gloria Aku Mensah, Head, Internal Audit, Ebenezer Anim Danquah, National Volunteer Programme, Alhassan Iddrisu, Head, Programmes Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME), Samuel Ofori, and Michael Asubonteng, Head, Information Technology, all from the NSS Headquarters.
The rest are Theophilus Ato Kwofie, Western Region; Seth Nana Asiedu Obugyei, Seth Quartey, Emmanuel Asare Asante, Greater Accra Regional Director, Accountant and Administrator, respectively.
Also interdicted are Alhaji Ali Ahmed, Festus Obeng Sefa and Alexander Agumen, Central Regional Director, Accountant and Administrator, respectively.
Those interdicted in Eastern are, Region are, Nana Fosu Amankwa and Francis Himbuah, Regional Director and Accountant, respectively.
Gabriel Nyoke and John Kwame Ayew have been interdicted in the Volta Region, while Silas Nantoma and Joseph Bati and Ali Husein are from in the Upper West Region.
Dominic Pupula Maasensog and Solomon Kurug Sombil are interdicted in the Upper East Region; while Joseph Kwesi Quainoo, Raphael Adu Agyapong, Abubakar Mohammed, Helena Mensah and Freda Donkor are from the Ashanti Region.
Ebenezer A. Edzii and Samuel Larbi-Siaw are interdicted in the Brong Ahafo Region, while Abiru Shaibu Ternni, Dominic Dele, Cletus Kaba and Mutaru Yussuf have been interdicted in the Northern Region.
The statement said management is reviewing sections of the report which focused on the involvement of district level officers to determine the appropriate disciplinary actions against them.
It noted that the Scheme’s administrative and disciplinary measures were without prejudice to any legal actions by the State, on account of President Mahama’s relentless war against corruption and malfeasance.
It would be recalled that in October last year, the Board of the Scheme asked some senior staff to step aside, to the enable the BNI to carry out investigations into it, following allegations of “ghost names” on the payroll of personnel allowances.
By Times Reporter