RE-ALLEGATION OF CORRUPTION AGAINST TWO (2) DEPUTY CHIEFS OF STAFF FRANCIS ASENSO-BOAKYE AND SAMUEL ABU JINAPOR BACKGROUND
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) started investigations to establish the authenticity or otherwise of the allegation and to take action against the individuals per Section 239 of the Criminal and other offences Act (Act 29) states “A public Officer of Juror who commits corruption, or wilful oppression or extortion in respect of the of the duties of office, commits a misdemeanour”.
On 5th September, 2017 Kwame Asare Obeng @ A-Plus responded to an invitation. He stated in his statement and denied the fact that he accused and called the two (2) Deputy Chiefs of Staff as thieves. He indicated that some people post things on Facebook as if they were posted by him A-Plus. He confirmed this by showing 5 different post in Facebook purported to have been authored by him but he claimed were all not from his own page.
Moreover due to the fact there is no interface between the two (2) banks that are doing the billing and the collections, revenue leakages continue to occur at the hospital. As a results detection of revenue leakages becomes almost impossible. According to A Plus, in their discussions, it became apparent that an efficient Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) which links units and equipment such as X-Rays, CT scan, and Laboratory to indicate actual services rendered and how much is charged for each service was needed by the hospital to stop the revenue leakage to improve KBTH finances.
Based on this, the CEO directed the head of legal to write to Unibank to cancel the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the bank (See Appendix 1). On 12th July, 2017 a letter terminating the agreement between KBTH and Unibank was sent to the Bank giving them a 90-day notice. .Kwame Asare Obeng @ A-Plus added that UNIBANK had several weaknesses from their past operations at the Police and Ridge Hospitals referencing a letter from the Deputy Controller and Accountant General. It suggested that Unibank had inefficiency in its operations.
It is based on this development enumerated that A-Plus in his personal opinion accused Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel A. Jinapor who are Government officials that they are taking advantage of their position to favour a private business, Unibank Ghana Limited, which has not the capacity to resolve Korle-bu challenge.
That Mr. Asenso and Jinapor are extending protection, favoritism towards Unibank’s operations in exchange for contributions towards political campaign is a CORRUPT CONDUCT and breach of discipline in the performance of the work of high offices of Deputy Chiefs of Staff. He reiterated that, he never said the two had taken money from anyone. .
KORLE-BU TEACHING HOSPITAL BILLING AND CASH COLLECTION SYSTEM
HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (HIMS)
DR FELIX ANYAN’S TESTIMONY
He observed that there were revenue leakages, no beds at the emergency services, malfunctioning of life support equipment and poor supply of oxygen. The Management at a meeting, agreed for the use of ICT software to electronically manage the process. Another issue that came out was the use of two (2) Banks operating without an interface system to communicate, worked against the interest of the Hospital and needed to select one efficient Bank to help manage the cash collection to help resolve the lapses and weakness in managing the revenue mobilization at the Hospital
According to the CEO when the intention was rolled to move to complete HMIS to resolve some of the challenges at the hospital, Stanbic bank who had earlier on indicated that the banks had a completed HMIS was given an opportunity to make presentation to the hospital. Unibank was also given an opportunity to do a presentation to Management in respect of their HIMS but failed on 3 occasions to honour them. Based on the presentation delivered by Stanbic Bank, the management team was satisfied and requested Stanbic bank to Pilot the HMIS at the Polyclinic.
He further indicated that Unibank was also given an opportunity to Pilot at the Maternity ward even though they failed to make presentation to management as to the solution Unibank could offer. He further indicated that another reason for the abrogation of the agreement with Unibank was that allowing two Banks to operate systems that are not compatible and do not have interface to communicate effectively. Management of KBTH however thought, it will be in the interest of the public if one (1) Bank (STANBIC BANK) does the collections.
MR SAMUEL ABU JINAPOR’S TESTIMONY
The CEO of Unibank further stated that as part of their social corporate responsibility, the Bank had invested about GHC 1.4m at KBTH. Unibank thought the Bank had not been fairly treated and thought the complaint could reach the Chief of Staff through the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
According to he only sought to draw the CEO’s attention that abrogating a contract was a major decision and that the CEO should have waited until there was aboard in place. He concluded that he never put pressure on the CEO and never mentioned financial support from Unibank to NPP during the campaign period.
UNIBANK GHANA LIMITED’S TESTIMONY
The said letter was copied to HE the Vice President, The Chief of Staff, The Minister of Finance, The Minister of Health and the Controller and Accountant’s General Department. According to the Executive Director the complaint to the Chief of Staff was for her to intervene to allow Unibank to do the cash collection because of investment they had put in at the hospital. The CEO of Unibank reported the matter to the Chief of Staff through Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor and also reiterated that there was nothing better than protecting a wholly owned Ghanaian corporate entity.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
They then wrote to Unibank terminating an agreement between them in reference to a clause in their MOU. Unibank thought they have not been fairly treated because they have a stake in KBTH with an investment of GHC1.4m. They responded to the termination letter expressing their displeasure about the contents of the letter. The letter was copied to stakeholders who tried to intervene.
16 Investigations also revealed that HMIS is not a call banking product. It is a complete
Information Technology Solution that is offered by software developers. The initial invitation to Unibank to compete for the billing and cash collection did not include HMIS. Even though HMIS solution is not a call banking product Stanbic had the solution as an enhanced product for marketing advantage purposes.