The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has indicated that over GH¢400 million has been lost to ghost names on the Social Security and National Insurance Trust SSNIT pension scheme and the National Service Scheme.
According to him, about 27,000 ghost pensioners were identified on SSNIT with 14,000 ghost names on the NSS.
“14,000 ghost names were recently found at the National Service because there was no unique identity. Just a couple of days ago, SSNIT found 27,000 ghost names, and they were being paid GH¢327 million. Just these two institutions have cost us over GH¢400 million.”
Speaking at the 2021 Civil Service Awards Night in Accra, Dr. Bawumia used the opportunity to justify his earlier comment on his preference of the Ghana Card over one thousand interchanges.
He insisted that an improved identification system would help deal with ghost names on the government payroll.
“It seems my Ghana card statement was misinterpreted. I want people to think about it critically. For the first time in our history, we have a unique identity system which is biometric, and so we can identify individuals.”
“With this, the case of ghost names on our public sector system will become a thing of the past.”
‘I’d choose Ghana card over 1000 interchanges; it’s more impactful’ – Bawumia
Speaking at the launch of two new high-level information technology programmes at Accra Business School on Thursday, July 14, 2022, the Vice President said he would choose the Ghana card over 1000 interchanges as the former has a greater impact.
This sparked funny reactions from Ghanaians, who took to social media to ridicule Dr. Bawumia.
The Deputy General Secretary of NDC, Peter Boamah Otokunor also threw a jab at the Vice President while delivering his goodwill message at the New Patriotic Party’s Delegates Conference at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, July 16, 2022.