The Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed that the nation has lost a whopping over GH¢400 million to ghost names on the Social Security and National Insurance Trust SSNIT pension scheme and the National Service Scheme.
“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,” he stated while speaking at the 2021 Civil Service Awards Night held in Accra.
Dr Bawumia however indicated that his position that he will prefer the Ghana Card over one thousand interchanges has not changed.
He added that the identification system will help in dealing with the age-old issue of ghost names found 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,” the Vice President Bawumia assured.