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20.07.2005 General News

Accountant General urged to check strange deductions


Nkoranza (B/A), July 20, GNA - The Accountant General's Department has been called upon to check some credit and insurance companies and other associations from cheating and duping unsuspecting workers. Mr Emmanuel Opoku-Wiafe, Head Teacher of the Seventh-Day Adventist Primary School at Busunya in the Nkoranza District of Brong-Ahafo, who made the allegation in an interview with Ghana News Agency, called on the Department to critically study the activities of such agencies to save its image.

He cautioned the Department about the operations of a non-existent UDTEW welfare fund, through which about 480,000 cedis was deducted from his salary for June this year.

"What UDTEW stands for even baffles me as I have never come across it, until it appeared on my pay slip", he said, adding, the acronym bore the item code WAB with the Controller and Accountant General's Department.

Mr Opoku-Wiafe called on the Department to investigate the fund to refund his money, as he had nothing to do with the so-called welfare fund.

He explained that some of the credit companies had managed to obtain the pay roll numbers of some workers and effected deductions from their salaries under the pretext that, such workers were indebted to them.

The head teacher added: "If such a welfare fund exists, then the management must note that some of the personnel could be crooks and have adopted certain means to get rich overnight at the expense of some workers".

Mr Opoku-Wiafe urged the Controller and Accountant General's Department to expedite action on the matter "or some unscrupulous personnel would continue to put the Department's name into disrepute".