To Face Criminal Charges
The Management of the National Service Scheme, on the advice of the Board, has with immediate effect, interdicted thirty-three (33) staff of the Scheme. This forms part of government’s anti-corruption fight, The Herald has learnt.
This follows receipt of official report from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) last week, on the financial malfeasance identified in the operations of the Personnel Allowances Accounts in the 2013/2014, service year.
Insiders say, the officers are soon to face criminal prosecution over their roles in the theft case, which hit the scheme sometime last year.
The theft led to the sacking of the Executive Director of the Scheme, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed Imoro, who has since been on trial. The BNI investigators, had said Alhaji Imoro was the head of the criminal activities at the scheme.
A press statement signed by the Acting Executive Director of the Scheme, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, says the interdiction is the first in line of various administrative measures towards appropriate disciplinary actions.
The statement did not give the names of the 33 interdicted officers, but described them as “…mostly from the National Secretariat and Regional Offices, and include Regional Directors, Accountants, and Administrators of the Scheme”.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte, further indicated that Management was reviewing sections of the report that focused on the involvement of District level officers of the Scheme to determine the appropriate disciplinary actions.
The statement noted that the Scheme’s administrative and disciplinary measures, are without prejudice to any legal actions by the State on account of President John Mahama’s relentless war against corruption and malfeasance.
It would be recalled that in October last year, the Board of the National Service Scheme, asked some senior staff of the Scheme to step aside to enable the BNI carry out investigations without interference, following allegations of “Ghost Names” in the Scheme’s personnel allowance payroll.