Ghana Attorney General Marrieta-BrewAppiah Oppong
The Kumasi based medical doctor accused of collaborating with some staff at the Controller and Accountant General’s office to inset ‘ghost names’ on government payroll has pleaded to one of his victims for forgiveness.
An audio recording to that effect in possession of The New Crusading GUIDE, one Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a Ghanaian resident in the United Kingdom, confronted the accused doctor (Dr. Daniel Essien) for using his name and medical registration with the Ghana Medical and Dental Council without his knowledge to open a bank account to drew monthly salaries from government payroll as a staff of a local hospital in Kumasi.
In the interrogation which lasted for over 26 minutes on tape, Dr. Essien ridiculed the accusations against him as not a “serious legal issue”, and also hinted of a mission led by a Reverend Minister to get the case settled out of the Attorney General’s office.
Published below for readers is the transcription of the audio recording between Dr. Essien (DE) and Dr. Hamilton (DH). Please read on.
Conversation initially started with a Pidgin English
DH: Hello Danny (Essien)
DE: Yeesss, eeiii —boy, — boy, Charlie why you make I miss you like that
DH: But, Oh Danny you no force O, you no force koraa. Danny, seriously you no force! You use my name go do something and trouble come you no tell me but rather someone call to tell me.
DE: Oh why… no, no, no, please relax.
DH: I won’t relax. I’m not relaxing about this. I’m not relaxing about this.
DE: That was why I’ve been trying to call you but to no avail. There is nothing strange to bother about.
DH: No, there are a lot of things to bother about. A lot of things to bother about!
DE: I know, I know, but you relax. First of all, I have to ask for forgiveness for what has happened.
DH: Danny, there is a lot of things to worry about.
DE: I know, I know, but you need to have patience about it.
DH: No Danny, there is no patience about this.
DE: I am begging of you, you’ve been a friend for a long time.
DH: But, Danny this thing you’ve done doesn’t show you’ve being my friend. Seriously, at least you should have informed me what was going on.
DE: Please have patience, I’ve tried calling, but you don’t answer my calls. Please I beg of you to have patience.
DH: So Danny, what’s happening, I want to hear from you.
DE: You remember I told you I wanted to put you on study leave (?)
DH: How can you offer me study leave?
DE: Oh please be patience. Be cool, I have to explain. Just exercise patience for me to explain, there is nothing strange as someone has misinformed you.
So I’ve done this long time through the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and then to Controller for them to process successfully. But when it went through, I need to pay the Controller and Accountant General Staff some money. I told them that you’re not in Ghana since I’m doing everything for you.
They demanded GH¢15,000, so I explained to them that the person has given us his certificate to work and in order to satisfy them (Controller Staff), they should take the back pay that will come out of the salary payment. This is the whole issue that brought the matter – which the Auditor General report even states that there was nothing fraudulent anywhere but the procedure was the problem.
That was all. You can ask (mention names), I have been keeping him informed on the matter and even asked him to wait for the audit report to see things for himself.
By the grace of God, it is not any legal issue. So I beg you, I thought I was doing something to help my brother.
DH: Danny you were not doing anything to help me. Danny all along I’ve told you a lot of time that I don’t have registration with Ghana Medical & Dental Council. I told them I’ve travelled. So how could I be on payroll? May be you don’t know what I know so you think you can tell me a lie and go away. Seriously, let me tell you. I’ve a friend who told me you opened a bank account in my name with your picture on it.
DE: Please I beg you; I don’t have any bad intentions. Please I’m on my knees, I know I’m at fault and there is nothing that I can do to explain.
DH: You know what; the case is not dead as you may want us to believe. The person who informed me said there is a court order on the account.
DE: Oh please, that’s what I’m talking about. As I’m speaking, I just came from the Attorney General’s office on the case.
DH: Also, the report from the Accountant General, I’ve a copy and it is not my name alone, Joseph Baidoo’s name is in it, as well as other names in that report.
DE: Yes that is true, but I want to explain. How can I have power to do that?
DH: But you’ve told me before that you have a lot of power to do things. And Danny surprisingly you’re telling everybody that I know everything about this deal.
DE: Oh please, I have not told anybody about it.
DH: Seriously Danny you’ve not acted as a brother
DE: I’m sorry, I know, that’s why I’m asking for forgiveness.
DH: This one is not about forgiveness. So just imagine that one day I will be in Kotoka and I’ll be arrested. Like one day I’ll come to Ghana and will go to prison.
DE: I know I’m at fault.
DH: So what on earth do you think you were doing? To open account in my name which I don’t have license in Ghana. Now I don’t even know my status with Ghana Medical & Dental Council as to what you’ve done there.
So how on earth can I be on a study leave in a hospital I don’t even know where it’s located and then be getting paid? Apparently, the account was paid in January. I know the balance of that account, so where is all the money.
DH: Yesterday, I call you but could not reach you. I tried calling a lot of people before getting your number.
DE: No, I’ve lost my phone.
DH: So what is happening at Attorney General’s office?
DE: They are saying this issue is nothing and ready to resolve it out of court
DH: Danny you are going to pay to get this case out of court. Is it not what you are trying to do?
DE: Oh no, no, there are a lot of respected Reverend Ministers involved.
DH: There is one Rev. Stephen Forkuah who is involved.
DE: Yes, that is what I’m saying.
DH: Seriously Danny stop telling people that I’m involved.
DE: I have not told anybody
DH: Danny, don’t tell me a lie. I have people who have confirmed that you said I know about this deal. Somebody told me that you said you were opening the account for me to help pay for my studies here in abroad. You know very well I’m not studying here.
DE: Oh it’s not true; I’ve not said that to anybody.
DH: My concern was that I will be in Ghana and my name will be in the news.
DH: It’s your own case for you to solve with the law.