It has emerged that the former Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, (GSA), Dr. George Ben Crentsil, received a double salary for six years while in active service at the institution.
This revelation was highlighted in the 2020 Auditor-General’s Report on the audit of statutory boards and corporations.
According to the report, Dr. Crentsil, between January 2011 and January 2017 received double salary-related allowances of GH¢342,068.70.
“Dr. George Ben Crentsil, the former Executive Director, was paid double salary-related allowances of GH¢342,068.70 by the Authority from January 2011 to January 2017. We recommended to Management to take the necessary steps to recover GH¢342,068.70 wrongly paid to Dr. George Ben Crentsil, the former Executive Director and our office informed for verification,” the report stated.
This is not the first time Dr. Crentsil’s name is surfacing in an audit report for alleged wrongdoing.
In 2018, Dr. George Ben-Crentsil was reported to have misappropriated about GH¢1.6 million, and allegedly got kickback payments of over $1 million whilst at the Ghana Standards Authority.
He was alleged to have collected $1.2 million from Lemet Construction Company; the firm that he awarded a contract to build a new training school and hostel facility for the GSA during the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
The audit report recommended the management of the Authority retrieve the money from Dr. Crentsil and report back for verification.
The reports further accused the Board of Directors of the Ghana Standards Authority of authorizing the payment of GH¢291,570.12 to the Director-General as salary and related allowances covering the period of June 2017 to December 2017.
The reports added that the amount was charged on the company’s Internally Generated Find (IGF) “in contravention of the Retention of Fund Act, 2007 (Act 735).”
The report said it has already “recommended the Board to seek retrospective approval from the Ministry of Finance to ratify the salary and the related allowances paid to the Director-General.”