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31 August 2017

SSNIT Sacks Interdicted IT Manager Over Fake Degrees

The Board of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has taken a decision to sack interdicted IT Manager Dr Caleb Afaglo.

The decision, which takes immediate effect, was taken after a marathon meeting held Wednesday by the newly constituted board of the Trust.
In a statement issued shortly after the meeting, the board stated unequivocally Dr Afaglo fraudulently acquired his job by providing fake degrees.
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“That Dr. Caleb Afaglo, the General Manager, MIS of the Trust be relieved of his position with immediate effect. He is currently on interdiction. Evidence made available to the Trust indicates that the University degrees presented by Dr. Afaglo to secure his employment at the Trust are fake.

“The Trust will collaborate with Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to ensure that those suspected of breaches of the Law in respect of the OBS Contract are dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.

“SSNIT expects the names of people associated with the I.T. (OBS) contracts to be released in the near future.

“The Board and Management of SSNIT want to state that they will publish the findings of the PricewaterhouseCoopers as promised at their recent press conference,” the statement signed by Victoria Abaidoo Corporate Affairs Manager of SSNIT said.

The Board says it will take steps to clean the Trust and restore its credibility.

Dr Afaglo was interdicted by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) after it emerged the degrees he claimed to have were fake.

He was employed as the MIS manager in 2015. Prior to his appointment at SSNIT, he had worked as IT consultant for the Trust, National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and at MTN Ghana and Action Chapel International as the Data Services Supervising Engineer.
He had also served as the head of IT department at SIMNET GHANA and Dominion University. He was also a consultant at GLICO Insurance.

He was allegedly sacked in the three organisations for presenting fake documents, the anti-graft agency has said.

Sources say the authorities at the Dominion University found out about the fake documents after they applied for an accreditation from the National Accreditation Board.

His dismissal by SSNIT is perhaps the most publicised of all the others.
Meanwhile an HR Head at the Multimedia Group has faulted SSNIT for hiring an employee with questionable credentials.
Nana Elegba said “this should not happen in a proper HR set up”

He explained the credentials of every new recruit must be checked within the probation period of three to six months.
“The educational certificates presented must be sent to the school. You should not accept photocopies of the certificates without seeing the original copies.

He said the universities within a period of 24 hours can verify whether or not a certificate so presented by a new employee is original or fake.

Apart from the universities, he said the National Accreditation Board, at a fee, can also verify the authenticity of the certificates provided.

He wondered how Dr Afaglo worked at SSNIT for over three years without being found out.

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