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Loud Crucifixion; Silent Resurrection – The NHIA Story

Mr. Alex Nartey, the Deputy Chief Executive, Finance and Investment of the National Health Insurance Authority and 18 other colleagues who woke up to read the announcement of their interdiction in the media, earlier in January this year, through a purported internal memo and subsequent invitation and detention by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) for further investigations have returned to work.

Media reportage about their interdiction for alleged case of financial malfeasance was carried by a wide range of media houses both local and foreign.

The other 18 directors and managers who bore the same cross alongside Mr. Alex Odoi Nartey are, Gustav Cruikshank-Director Internal Audit, Rudolf Zimmerman-Director Financial Accounting, Joseph Annor – Senior Manager, provider Payment Directorate, Enoch Affanyi – Database Administrator, Perry Nelson-Director MIS, Joseph Annor-Administrator, Isaac Afari-District Manager-Asutifi, Edward Nkrumah-District Manager-Dormaa, Patrick Kuagbenu-District Manager-Sunyani, Rafat Dawud Ali –District Manager-Jaman North, Kwaku Asare Senior M & E Officer-Volta Regional Office, Peter Kwesi Sarpong-District Manager Tain, Taminu Ahmed –District Manager-Pru, Mohammed Mahmud – District Manager Tamale Municipal, Abdul Rahman Abdulai-District Accountant-Asutifi, Elvis Kwadwo Baah-District Accountant-Dormaa, Daniel Beyinuu-District Accountant-Kintampo South, Yaw Simon Gokah-District Accountant-Ashaiman and Richard Denteh-District Accountant, Pru.

Considered the best in Sub-Saharan Africa and among the best in the world, Ghana’s Health Insurance Authority nearly suffered a turbulence not to talk of the colossal damage caused to the reputation of the affected staff individually, according to industry watchers and players following the announcement of their unfortunate interdiction.

Most of these people have huge international reputation and experiences which have been severely battered opined a source.

The hard working board of the NHIA however decided to right the wrong by instituting a committee of inquiry to go into the matter. This was without prejudice to the BNI investigations.

A letter duly signed by the Board Chairman, Mr. Enerst Kwesie states in part, “there was no impropriety against you based on available facts and as a result, you are to resume duty”.

This silent resurrection and triumphant re-entry was through individual letters to the affected staff who were earlier crucified in the media.

Further checks at the National Health Insurance Authority indicate total peace and co-operation between the board and the returnees.

Stay tuned for the opinion of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAG) on this issue.

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