SSNIT Officials Were Cautioned On Backdating Software Payment

| Updated Aug 28, 2017 at 4:02pm



Former SSNIT Boss Ernest Thompson
A letter purported to have been signed by a Senior Corporate Law Officer, has revealed that management of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) was warned against backdating payment for the controversial Operational Business Suit (OBS) software such cost the organization about $72million

A letter dated January 12, 2016 and signed by a Senior Corporate Law Officer, Jaezi Orleans-Lindsay cautioned against backdating the payment of $2,000,000 for the software to 2014.

The said letter to the General Manager of SSNIT, Orleans-Lindsay explained that SSNIT will have to pay more for refusing to heed to the advice.

“What it means is that SSNIT will have to pay the annual SLA (Service Level Agreement) fee of US$2,000,000 immediately upon signing the agreement (to cover from September 2014 to September 2015) and pay another US$2,000,000 in September this year [2016], when in effect it would have just received about 9 months of service under the SLA instead of the contractual 2 years.”

Meanwhile, 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.

In a separate development, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) has interdicted head of SSNIT’s Management Information Systems, Dr Caleb Afaglo for presenting fake documents for the top job.

A probe by the anti-graft agency has revealed Dr Afaglo did not have a doctorate degree as he claimed.

He neither has a masters’ degree nor first degree, EOCO said.

EOCO uncovered the fraud during investigations into Dr Afaglo’s crucial role in the controversial $72 million digitization contract.