SSNIT Boss Assures Ghanaian Workers Their Contributions Are “Safe” Despite Automation Scandal
| Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 7:49am
Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang, SSNIT Boss.
The Director General of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang has assured Ghanaian workers that their contributions are “safe” despite the automation scandal recently uncovered within the Trust.
The Board of Trustees of SSNIT has begun investigations into how the former management acquired a OBS software System for $66 million.
The system was installed to network all branches of SSNIT nationwide to enhance efficiency but the current administration questioned the cost and have contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to audit the transaction.
Speaking on an Accra based radio Citi FM, Dr. Tenkorang however, gave the assurance that the necessary arrangements has been put in place to ensure Ghanaians are not affected by the development.
“I can assure that things are not bad at SSNIT. As I have already outlined to you. There is improvement before we took office. We use to disinvest before paying pensions. Now we are paying pensions without disinvesting. We are cutting costs. We are mindful so I can assure Ghanaians that their monies are in safe and it all shall be well. So there is no need for panic,” he said.
About 5 people are currently being investigated by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) for their involvement in the acquisition of the software.
The Board Chairman of SSNIT, Kwame Addo Kufuor in an earlier report said about 15 people have already appeared before EOCO as witnesses in the matter.
Meanwhile, some previous Chairpersons and members of the SSNIT have denied their involvement in the approval of the deal to procure the software which many say has a bloated cost.