Kpessah whyte ‘dodges’ nss scandal – daily guide africa

The hearing of the case involving Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, the former Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat (NSS) and 34 others implicated in the massive fraud that hit the Scheme last year could not continue at an Accra High Court (Economic, Financial and Tax Division) yesterday.

Marina Appiah Opare, a Principal State Attorney at the Attorney-General’s Department, told the court, presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa that Dr. Regional rural bank recruitment Whyte had informed the prosecution that he was not in the jurisdiction.

According to her, the witness who would be available next week has also taken up an international appointment for which reason he would not be available after 27 th January.

They are Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, former Executive Director; Nelson Ayeltiga, former accountant; Gloria Aku-Mensah, Ag. Regional rural bank latest news Internal Auditor; Alhassan Iddrisu, Ag. Regional rural bank exam pattern Head, PPME; Ebenezer Anim Dankwah, Director National Voluntary Service Programme; Sammy Ofori, Internal Auditor; Seth Nana Obugyei Asiedu, former, Director Greater Accra Region; Nana Fosu Amankwa Agyapong, Director, Eastern Region; Gabriel Nyorke, Director, Volta Region; Ali Ahmed Awubila, Director, Central Region and Michael Tottimeh, former Director, Western Region.

The others are Ebenezer Edzii, Director, Brong Ahafo Region; Shaibu Termi Abiru, Director, Northern Region; George Dasah Naanwinyelle, former director Upper East Region; Dominic Delle, accountant, Northern Region; Samuel Larbi-Siaw, accountant Brong-Ahafo Region; John Kwame Ayew, accountant, Volta Region; Francis Himbuah, accountant, Eastern Region and Nicholas Senti, accountant, Western Region.

Also in the dock are Solomon Kurug, Aliyu Husein, Alexander Agumey and Seth Quarteyli Quartey, accountants for Upper East, Upper West, Central and Greater Accra Regions respectively.

The rest are Cletus Kaba, Raphael Adu-Agyepong, Theophilus Kwofie, Dominc Popula Maabesog, Joseph Bati, Festus Obeng-Sefa, Emmanuel Asante, administrators for Northern, Ashanti, Western, Upper East, Upper West, Central and Greater Accra Regions respectively.

Also standing trial are Helena Bokoro, Secretary, Northern Regional Secretariat, Motaro Yussif, Secretary, Tamale Metro Office; Helena Mensah, Personal Secretary to the Ashanti Regional Director and Freda Donkor, typist for the Ashanti Regional Secretariat.

Alhaji Imoro is facing additional charge of “giving bribe to influence public officer contrary to section 25 (2) of the Criminal Offences Act, Act 29 of 1960.

The prosecution alleged that Alhaji Imoro within the said period at the NSS headquarters in Accra dishonestly appropriated GH¢28,749,395.80 belonging to the State.

The former NSS boss is said to have between August 1 and September 26, 2014, given GH¢25,000 and GH¢15,000 respectively to one Charles Kipo, a BNI investigator as value consideration.

In July 2014, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) commenced a nationwide investigation into the operations of the NSS with regard to the payment of monthly allowances to service personnel.

Investigations established that between September 2013 and August 2014, the pay roll of the NSS was bloated by 31,516 names for both the National Service Postings and the National Voluntary Service Recruitment.

The prosecution alleged that an elaborate plot hatched by Alhaji Imoro, the Executive Director, supported by senior officers of the scheme at the National Secretariat and all the Regional Directors of the scheme and implemented by the District Directors involved the generation of “ghost” names at the head office of the scheme in Accra.

The ghost names were added to the genuine names on the nominal rolls based on which payment vouchers were prepared, adding that the payment vouchers were prepared by the chief accountant, Ayeltiga and passed on to the Internal Auditor.

Aku Mensah, who was supposed to audit and vet all the accounts and payment vouchers, did not do so and yet passed them on to Ayeltiga and received regular payments from some regional directors.

The ghost names, which were detected in all the districts in the country, were mostly posted to the rural areas and in some cases to non-existent institutions and departments.

Alhaji Imoro never dealt directly with the district directors and that the’ ghost’ names were sent by the accused to the regional directors with firm instructions on the monies to be paid to him every month.

The number of names, the prosecutor said, Alhaji Imoro gave to each regional director depended on the loyalty and trust he had for him or her.

The Regional Directors have all admitted their involvement and have promised to refund their share of the proceeds, except Alhaji lmoro, who has repeatedly denied any involvement.

“All the Regional and District Directors as well as the senior officials at the NSS have all made part payments in satisfaction of their liabilities. Regional rural bank result The Executive Director has however not made any payment at all though he has been furnished with his liability.”