…Nominates Culprit In NSS Ghost-Names Scandal As DCE
In October 2016, national broadsheet, Daily Graphic, broke the infamous National Service Scheme ghost names scandal in which it was revealed that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) had quietly probed a widespread format of bloating the payroll of the scheme with names of non-existent staff.
The BNI had done a thoroughly masterful job, completely tying up any possible loose ends to the investigations with staged briberies that had been recorded to back evidence.
As Ghanaians dealt with the shocking inside revelations that culprits with hands in the pie included regional and district directors of the scheme, with the Executive Director at the time, Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, himself as ring leader, a comforting tidbit that came along was that then President Mahama had ordered the BNI investigations.
The state’s elite investigative body had then teamed up with ‘Graphic’ to release the names of the scoundrels involved, bit by bit, until up to 171 culprits were named.
Among these culprits was one Moctar Amadu Bagaya.
Along with his alleged other collaborators, Mr. Bagaya was said to have participated in bleeding the national purse by some GHc80.1 million.
It has been barely three years since the scandal broke and fast-forward to 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed the same Moctar Amadu Bagaya as the District Chief Executive for Bawku.
President Akufo-Addo had made Mr. Bagaya DCE through the inclusion and announcement of his name as such on a list of 212 metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives in April, this year.
The development has left shockwaves in the air with people wondering why the President is boldly unmaking the effort by his predecessor, former President John Mahama, to punish corruption. Mr. Bagaya is said to have been self-confessed on his culpability in the NSS scandal.
It is not clear if Mr. Bagaya is one of those who had entered into agreement with the BNI to repay their stolen money to the state, whether he has finished paying or had opted to face criminal prosecution.
Some of Mr. Bagaya’s colleagues are still in court defending themselves in criminal prosecutions that the former regime had started.
Meanwhile, sources say Moctar Amadu Bagaya is not the only alleged NSS ghost names thief that the NPP is cavorting with. The Akufo-Addo government is even dealing with Alhaji Imoro Alhassan, the indicted NSS Executive Director himself, who is standing trial at the Financial Division of the High court for using his position as national boss of the NSS to steal GHc86.9million through the ghost names scheme.
It is said that Mr. Alhassan is informally consulting for the Scheme. Sources at the Flagstaff House tell The Republic that when the Akufo-Addo regime first breezed into office, Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema-Osei Opare, had attempted to orchestrate the reappointment of the dismissed NSS officers to the Scheme.
However, a lawyer at the Scheme is said to have advised her against it, explaining that it would be suicidal for the government.
Even so, the Akufo-Addo government is said to be working to get the dismissed staff reintegrated into other agencies in the Public Service.
Prior to the 2016 elections, there had been speculations that the dismissed NSS staff had secretly met with Akufo-Addo and obtained assurances from him that if he was voted into office as President, he would scuttle the cases against them in court and recall them all to office; on a precondition that the dismissed staff would support his election campaign.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels