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General News of Monday, 17 September 2018


Captain Smart reveals huge salaries of government officials

The morning show host of Adom FM, Captain Smart, has listed the salaries and allowances of top government officials in Ghana.

Captain Smart, known best for his fight against corruption, has decried the deteriorating state of affairs in Ghana despite the huge salaries and allowances that the very leaders appointed to work are taking home every month.

"Ghana is heading towards a financial reckoning because of exorbitant privileges. There are too many public employees doing little work and getting crazy salaries and benefits at the expense of the taxpayer," Captain Smart wrote.

The anti-corruption fighter does not believe top public officials must be paid such high salaries when in fact their output and productivity at work is appalling.

"This is not a knock against public service individuals but this is a knock against the system that employs them," he revealed.

Below is the full list of salaries Captain Smart listed:

1. Governor of the Bank of Ghana - GHC124,100

This amount is the highest salary that any government appointee takes home on a monthly basis. Dr. Ernest Addison is the man who supervises the entire banking sector in Ghana today. He was behind the merger of five struggling local banks in Ghana today. Dr. Ernest Addison has been praised for bringing some sanity in the banking sector.

2. Boss of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) - GHC102,102

The commissioner general of the GRA, Kofi Nti, is the second highest paid government official in Ghana today. His duty is with revenue generation. He makes sure taxes are paid across the country. The GRA in 2017 alone was able to collect 32 billion Ghana Cedis as against a target of about 33 billion Ghana Cedis, representing 97 percent.

3. SSNIT Boss - GHC88,606

Dr. John Ofori- Tenkorang is the director general for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT). His duty is to oversee the insurance of Ghanaian workers ahead of retirement.

4. COCOBOD Boss - GHC75,102

Joseph Boahen Aidoo is the chief executive officer of COCOBOD. His task is to ensure that Ghana remains the leading exporter of cocoa in the world. As it stands now, Ivory Coast is the leading country with Ghana being the second. With a target of 1 million metric tonnes of cocoa a year, Joseph Boahen Aidoo is in no doubt encumbered with many responsibilities.

Here are the other salaries of other powerful government officials as revealed by Captain Smart:

5.Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) Boss - GHC69,707

6. National Investment Bank Boss - GHC66,666

7. Bulk Oil Storage and Distribution (BOST) boss - GHC74,203.19

8. Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) Boss - GHC59,203.19

9. Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Boss - GHC58,203.91

10. Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) boss - GHC66,909.76

11. Bureau of National Investigations (NIC) Boss - GHC67,909.66

12. VRA BOSS - GHC79,997

13. ECG BOSS - GHC69,909

14. GBC BOSS - GHC49,999.69

15. DVLA BOSS - GHC52,303.24

16. National Security Boss - GHC79,990.10

17. Buffer Stock boss - GHC39,999.99

18. National Service Boss - GHC47,770

19. GOIL MD - GHC59,777.12

Captain Smart insists he has never in his life been involved in anything corrupt and has no intentions of engaging in any kind of corrupt act in future.

In a Facebook live video streaming, he accused politicians of talking too much wondering why his name has not popped up if he indeed he has been corrupted or stooped so low to be bribed by any of them.

According to him, he has not duped anyone and will not; mentioning a number of private companies he owns which he makes a lot of money from.