According to Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, about GH400 million has been lost due to ghost identities on the National Service Scheme(NSS) and the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) pension plan.
The Vice President claimed that 14,000 ghost names on the NSS and around 27,000 ghost pensions were found on SSNIT.
“Due to the lack of a unique identification, the National Service recently discovered 14,000 ghost names.
SSNIT discovered 27,000 phantom names just a few days ago, and they were receiving GH327 million in payment.
Our expenses for just these two universities total more than GH400 million.
Dr. Bawumia used his speech at the Accra Civil Service Awards Night in 2021 to defend his earlier statement that he preferred the Ghana Card over 1,000 interchanges.
He argued that the issue of phantom names on the government payroll could be resolved with a better identification mechanism.
It appears that my Ghana Card statement was misread.
I want people to critically consider it.
We now have a biometric, unique identity system for the first time in human history, allowing us to recognize specific people.
With this, the problem of phantom names on our public sector system will be resolved.