Ernest Thompson, a former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and four others have been slapped with 29 counts of causing financial loss to the state in connection with a $140 million Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract.
The other officials include the former Head of IT Department, Caleb Kwaku Afaglo; former OBS project manager John Hagan Mensah and Juliet Hasana Kramah of IT firm Perfect Business System and one Peter Hayibor.
All 29 counts were read to them in court on Tuesday, 24 July..
They are alleged to have contributed to the state losing millions of dollars over the SSNIT OBS software.
It is recalled that the current Director-General of SSNIT, Dr John Kojo Ofori Tenkorang, in August 2017, at a news conference in Accra, said the entire OBS was not functioning despite the huge money spent on it.
He said the non-functioning of the software was due to alterations made on it and some legal regime regulating their operations.
But his predecessor, Mr Thompson dismissed the claim.
“When I was in office, we realised that, that particular module was not giving us the correct figures that we wanted,” he told journalists.