GETFUND’ is making the headlines Monday morning and its basically because the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Scholarship scheme audited for the period 2012 to 2018, has revealed appointees in the NPP administration taking state cash to go to school.
Sarah Adwoa Safo, Procurement Minister was cited with Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Education Minister, and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Employment and Labour Relations Minister, as well as other government appointees and Members of Parliament, by the Auditor General as beneficiaries of the GETFund scholarships, a policy meant for needy but brilliant students.
Many have questioned the rationale behind the act particularly because of the status of these named persons in society.
Social media has not been left out, tweets from all directions point to the fact that, Ghanaians are amazed by the development and as usual, they are expressing their views.
“But this is extra disturbing. This isn’t even for relatives and children of family friends of government officials but this time, they themselves got the scholarship. Adwoa Safo, you be MP wey your popee dey do robots, ibi $24k you no fit pay?”, a tweep said.
Others mentioned weren’t spared also. Education Minister, Matthew Opuko Prempeh who has since the reports released a statement to refute the claims received his fair share of backlash from social media users regardless.
Here’s how some Ghanaians reacted to the subject on twitter:
GETFund had that coming.
But this is extra disturbing. This list isn’t even for relatives and children of family friends of government officials but this time they themselves got the scholarship. Adwoa Safo you be MP wey your popee dey do robot, ibi $24k you no fit pay?968:47 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy100 people are talking about this
It probably does both. Maybe NYT or BBC will do a story in 5 years and then Ghanaians will find out. https://twitter.com/sorayaspeaks/status/1231880003270344716 …Ekua@SorayaSpeaksReplying to @SorayaSpeaksI used to think, cynically, that #GETFund was used to send rich, powerful, connected people’s kids abroad, not knowing it was funding the rich, powerful, connected people themselves. Ei Ghana.
Oh it definitely does both. I just can’t wrap my head around using #GETFund to pay for ministers of state/ MPs to attend short courses and conferences.110:07 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Ekua’s other Tweets
While philanthropist are bringing money to help educate Ghanaians in Ghana;
GETFund is breaching its act to spending on the most privileged people.
When everyone loses confidence in the system, the anger of the people will explode.
People will surely pay for their wrongdoing. https://twitter.com/Manasseh_Azure/status/1231845661567483904 …Manasseh Azure Awuni@Manasseh_AzureDocument: How GETFUND dashed MPs, politicians, others $4.7m in scholarships as brilliant but needy students sufferedhttps://www.theghanareport.com/document-how-getfund-dashed-mps-politicians-others-4-7m-in-scholarships-as-brilliant-but-needy-students-suffered/ …110:00 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Kaba’s other Tweets
This Getfund thing ehnn the least said the better.
I remember how my sister wanted to further her studies, we needed someone to sign for approval… the fasting and prayers my family had to do.. someone was still up there asking for nude pictures before they can sign..29:38 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Ama Birago’s other Tweets
I remember back in the university our SRC president was a beneficiary of GETFund needy but brilliant students scholarship.
Sadly he is a deputy minister today.
The Greed in our country!!! https://twitter.com/JOYNEWSONTV/status/1231846225370058752 …JoyNews #ArriveAlive@JOYNEWSONTV(((LIVE)))
AG PERFORMANCE AUDIT: Report reveals Education Minister, NaCCA Boss listed as GETFund scholarship beneficiaries.#ArriveAlive #JoyNews #AmShow19:37 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Evans The PMD Pro’s other Tweets
How can these old folks be going for GETFund scholarship? Is it stupidity or greed.
I say most of the govt officials come into government just earn a living, take advantage of example GETFund and amass wealth.39:31 AM – Feb 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Excel for life’s other Tweets