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Tamale Teaching Hospital denies allegations of paying ‘ghost employees.’

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The Tamale Teaching Hospital has refuted allegations by the Office of the Special Prosecutor of issuing salary payments to non-existent employees, otherwise known as ‘ghost names’.

An audit of the payroll system within the Northern Region, encompassing both the Tamale Teaching Hospital and schools under the Ghana Education Service (GES), prompted the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) to raise red flags over discrepancies, such as unauthorized validations and payments made to fictitious personnel.

Aliu Zuberu, the Public Relations Officer for the Tamale Teaching Hospital, acknowledged the hospital’s lack of awareness regarding these issues in a Citi News interview on Wednesday. He gave assurances that steps would be taken to enhance transparency in the hospital’s operations.

“We disagree with whatever information that is put out there. Although we haven’t had any formal communication from the OSP, we only saw a document being circulated online.

“So even as we wait for any formal communication, we are taking it so seriously with the issues that are raised. With regards to HR, the data on staff and all that, some of the issues they raised, we don’t know the details yet. But, we are hearing ghost names and then validation with inactive validation information and all that.”

“So we need to run through our system to see as they alleged to be sure that, one, they are not ghost names as it has been alleged, and, to be sure that we are not also validating any employee who is not actually on our payroll or even at post.

“So internally, we are doing our own assessment of what the OSP is putting out, and then we’ll definitely respond to them appropriately,” he stated.

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