Posted on: www.dailyguideghana.com
By William Yaw Owusu
Friday May 18, 2018
The bank accounts of all the former ministers in the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) government - who have been caught in the double salary scandal – have been unravelled.
DAILY GUIDE has sighted a list of all the affected ex-ministers which gives details of how the huge amounts of money were transferred into their respective accounts every month.
The alleged double-salary issue, which the police have said amounts to stealing, was widespread and appeared to cut across all categories of appointees who served under the former president.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is trying to water down the issue by claiming that it was salary ‘top-up,’ but it is emerging that most of them were taking two different pay slips from different state institutions at the same time using different bank accounts.
The monthly pay slips were coming from the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB) and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD).
List Of Ministers
So far, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle and former Minister of Energy and Petroleum; Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, MP for Kpone Katamanso, who was the former Greater Accra Regional Minister, as well as former Minister of State in-Charge of Social and Allied Institutions, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah, who is MP for Ada East, have been interrogated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
Also, a certain Bashir Fuseini Alhassan, MP for Sagnerigu and former Deputy Minister, Northern Region, was there to write a statement before being admitted to bail, as well as second deputy minority chief whip, Eric Opoku, who is MP for Asunafo South and former Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister.
Inusah Fuseini, MP for Tamale Central and former Minister of Roads and Highways; Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, former Minister of Transport and MP for Ketu South; Abdul Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, former minister of state at the presidency and MP for Wa Central and Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, ex-Central Regional Minister and former MP for Mfantseman West, have all been interrogated by the police over the scandal.
Three others, including Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, former Minister of Youth and Sports, who doubles as MP for Odododiodioo; Alhassan Azong, ex-Minister of State in-charge of Public Sector Reforms, who was the former People's National Convention MP for Builsa South Constituency and Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, who served as Deputy Attorney General under President John Mahama, were also at the CID headquarters for interrogation.
The employee number of Haruna Iddrisu was 712534 and the net salary was about GH¢8,099.37. Iddrisu, former minister and current minority leader, who is yet to appear before the CID, was getting his monthly salary into his account at a bank at the ministries, Accra.
For Alhassan Azong, his employee number was 712536 and was taking a monthly net salary of about GH¢8,160.07 lodged into his account at Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital.
Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, with employee number 713809, was receiving a monthly salary of about GH¢8,160.07 into his account at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, while Eric Opoku, number 713977, was taking about GH¢8,160.07 every month and it was paid into his account at one of the troubled banks in Accra.
The employee number of Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo was 714107 and the net salary was about GH¢8,160.07, lodged at a bank at Kwame Nkrumah Circle while Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah (14197) was collecting about GH¢8,386.87 monthly through a distressed bank on the Spintex Road.
Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye (725100) was receiving a monthly pay of about GH¢7,594.49 into his bank account at Ring Road Central, Accra, while Mark Owen Woyongo, who reportedly detected the anomaly at a point and alerted the authorities, had the employee number 71521 and was taking about GH¢8,861.25 monthly through his bank at Adabraka, Accra.
Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah (920242) collected about GH¢8,160.07 at a bank at Dansoman and Aquinas Tawiah Quansah (830211) was being paid about GH¢7,594.49 into his account at the University of Cape Coast.
In the ensuing heat, some of the affected ex-ministers are said to be begging a prominent traditional ruler in the country to intercede for them after the Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K. Amidu, had waded into the issue recently, giving his tacit support to the ongoing probe by the CID. Kwamena Ahwoi, a leading member of the NDC, is also reportedly begging the president to take the alleged stealing case from the CID, claiming that the case is purely between an employer and an employee.
The whole scandal was triggered following an audit of the payroll data from the office of the President and Parliament from 2012 through 2016; and it showed that certain former ministers and deputy ministers doubling as MPs, received double salaries at least once a month or throughout the four-year tenure of Mahama and his NDC.
According to the police, the alleged double salaries saga “is contrary to Section 124 (1) of the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) as amended in 2012 (Act 849).
Section 124 relates to the offence of stealing.”