One of the bodies authorised by the Government of Ghana to investigate organised crimes and other related offences is the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO). This body (EOCO) was formerly known as the Serious Crime Office (SFO). The Economic and Organised Crime Office investigates matters with the approval of the Attorney General.
EOCO has taken steps to protect Ghanaians, especially those into the public sector against fraudsters. The anti-crime body has sent out text messages to public servants or salaried workers. These text messages are intended to warn public service workers, especially those who receive their salaries through the Controller and Accountant General's Department not to seek the help or assistance of any third party company in loan processing and acquisition.
A sample of the text messages sent by the Economic and Organised Crime Office to salaried workers read:
"EOCO wishes to caution all salaried-workers to desist from involving 3rd parties in their acquisition of loans. Anyone who transacts business with such persons does so at their own risk".
Teachers, nurses and other public sector workers have been at the receiving end when it comes to dubious and fraudulent loan acquisition mechanisms.
The Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) has repeatedly distanced itself from third party loan applications. A major component of loan acquisition offence is impersonation.
The Economic and Organised Crime Office should not just issue warning to salaried workers alone. The outfit should follow up with arrest and prosecution of culpable third party companies and persons.
EOCO should also publish the list of fraudulent and unlicensed third party companies and persons to help teachers and nurses make informed decisions when applying for loans.
A third (3rd) party is a company or person who transacts business or deal with a party or company on behalf of another person or company. In this case, a salaried worker is the first party, the Controller and Accountant General's Department is second party while a financial institution becomes the third party.
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