A total of 35,000 ‘ghost names’ have been deleted from the National Service Scheme (NSS) payroll.
That had saved the NSS a total of GH¢12.2 million every month, and GH¢140 million within the last year.
Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, Executive Director of NSS, disclosed these in Accra yesterday, when the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, handed over 18 4×4 pick-up vehicles to the scheme in Accra.
The vehicles, which cost about GH¢3 million, are to assist the scheme to undertake effective monitoring of service personnel and staff across the country.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte said the scheme deployed the Ghana Inter-Bank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) to detect the ‘ghost’ names.
He said previously, before the GhIPSS was introduced, the scheme paid a total of 75,000 personnel every month, but that figure had reduced significantly to 40,000 personnel every month.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte mentioned that the NSS had also eliminated individuals and agencies, who operated as ‘middlemen’ between NSS and service personnel.
He said currently, the scheme paid directly into the accounts of each personnel without the middle men.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte expressed appreciation to the ministry for donating the vehicles, and pledged to use them for the intended purpose.
Prof. Opoku-Agyeman said the vehicles, procured through the efforts of the Ministry of Finance, were intended to motivate managers of the scheme to work effectively to stop the leakages, malfeasance and corruption which rocked the NSS last year.
She said due to financial challenges, the ministry was able to provide vehicles to the NSS in only four regions, and new vehicles were to be distributed to the remaining regions and NSS centres, which lack vehicles.
Prof. Opoku-Agyeman urged personnel of the 2015/2016 service year to be patient, humble, hardworking in order for them to be trained well for the job market
By Joseph Edu Archison