Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has waded into the GETFUND Scholarship saga describing colleague MPs who benefited from the scheme as ‘greedy’.
The Auditor General after an audit of the GetFund scholarship scheme revealed that several MPs and current government appointees were beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme.
The audit listed Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sara Adwoa Safo as part of the appointees who enjoyed the scholarship when their party was in opposition.
Other appointees named by the Auditor-General’s report as beneficiaries include the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr Prince Armah, who issued a statement saying he was deserving of it; Education Minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, who also issued a statement saying he benefited from it in 2014 and not as a minister of state; and the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Barfour Awuah, who is yet to issue a statement on the matter.
The revelation has generated outrage among some Ghanaians on social media.
Commenting on this on Oman FM as monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com, Ken Agyapong described as ‘shameful’ the report that MPs who can afford to pay for the cost of their education will go for scholarship meant for the brilliant but needy.
“You are classifying a whole Member of Parliament that he is in need of what? We have to be straight and sincere to ourselves. What is 23,000 or 24,000 when you have people that cannot genuinely afford to pay…the MPs themselves whether NDC or NPP going for 24,000 to go for three weeks education in Havard whatever is completely out of order…,” he said.
He further argued that the MPs by so doing blocked others who genuinely needed the scholarship from accessing it.
According to Ken Agyapong, his daughters were very brilliant and qualified for scholarship but because the scholarship was meant for brilliant but needy, he never urged them on to go for the scholarship.
“I feel they should allow people who are genuinely brilliant but cannot afford, let those people afford that and let those who can afford [pay for their education],” he added.
To him, it is so shameful that an MP like Adwoa Safo will want to go for such a low amount just to fund her education.
“Is Adwoa Safo claiming that she can’t afford 24,000, it’s a shame…,” he said.
Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com