The Head of Communication for NDC Minority group in parliament, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, has expressed utmost support to efforts by state institutions to conduct full-scale investigation into the ongoing SSNIT scandal to unravel the truth.
According to him, any act that compromises the public purse in a move to put money into private pockets must be resisted at all cost.
“Any malfeasance that attempts to shortchange this country and rape the national treasury and put money unreservedly in the hands of private pockets must be resisted by all of us, and so I am in favor of any move to ensure we get to the bottom of this matter,” he said.
@Speaking to this paper in an interview, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sagnarigu constituency in the Northern Region, Alhaji Fuseini, noted that it would be very helpful to allow the law enforcement agencies and other state institution responsible for handling such matters to work independently to ascertain the truth therein so as to protect the national treasury.
“Let us get to the truth of this matter and I am in favor of investigation that will unearth all the full facts. Look, we are getting different figure for instance. Look some says 66, some 72, others saying 45. What are the figures? What is the software? There are many things that need to come out for us to know exactly what it is,” he stressed.
SSNIT in recent weeks has come under severe public scrutiny, following revelations of embezzlement to the tune of $72 million on procuring and installing software and other hardware systems known as the Operational Business Suite (OBS) in a bid to digitize the Trust and being investigated by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
As effort to unravel the truth behind the $72 million SSNIT deal intensifies, the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has raided the premises of the IT firm which executed the $72 million digitization project and also interdicted SSNIT General Manager for MIS [Management of Information Systems], Dr. Caleb Afaglo, over the authenticity of his qualification for the position he holds in the organization.
Meanwhile, Parliament has indicated its readiness to launch an investigation into the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT)’s $72 million software deal in October, when the House is in session.
The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, says the inconsistencies in the amount for the software project demonstrate a lack of professionalism in the use of public funds.
“I agree that it is urgent and it should concern us when we have expenditures bloating from the initial 24 million dollars later corrected to about 32 million dollars, later corrected again to the region of about 64 million dollars and today we are hearing that it is 72 million, and we are still counting. It looks like the figure will still rise again, it is not the best,” he said.