National Service Scheme had ghost names -Kpessa Whyte

 Kpessa Whyte

Kpessa Whyte

Counsel for accused in the case involving the former National Service Scheme (NSS) boss, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro, and others, Lawrence Ahenkorah, has challenged the alleged inclusion of ghost names on payroll of the scheme.

The counsel challenged that position on Friday at an Accra Financial High Court during the cross examination of the immediate past boss of the NSS, Dr. Michael Kpessah Whyte.

According to him, the assertion by Dr. Whyte that right after he took over, he slashed the 75, 000 list of personnel to 40,000 could not be supported and demanded that the witness produce the relevant documents to back his claim.

However, Dr. Whyte told the court that he was no more in office and that would make it difficult for him to get access to any official document.

That notwithstanding, he told the court that the accounts officer of the scheme could be reached to assist the court.

Consequently, the court presided by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, adjourned the case to January 31 and February 1, respectively.

The facts of the case are that Alhaji Imoro was indicted by a BNI investigation conducted nationwide, in respect of operations of the NSS.

The investigations revealed that payment of allowances to service personnel between September 2013 and July 2014, were received by non-existing personnel.

It also emerged that NSS PIN numbers were generated at the Headquarters of the Secretariat at the instance of the accused.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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