Former deputy Minister of Education under the erstwhile Mahama administration has suggested the establishment of some laws, barring Members of Parliament, Ministers and other high ranking public officials from benefiting from schemes such as the GETFund and others meant for needy but gifted students.
According to him, in order to curb the shame that has greeted the nation after it has been revealed that some MP’s and public officials benefited from the GETFund scheme which is dedicated for needy but brilliant students, there is a need to avert it reoccurence.
“Those seeking to justify or defend this national disgrace by creating fake lists and adding my name and that of other innocent colleagues to muddy the waters such as the dubious and criminal GNPC Scholarship list in circulation rather cut a very pitiable image of themselves.
The Auditor-General must be commended once more for his courageous and nationalistic effort,” the North Tongu wrote on Facebook.
He also condemned the attempt by some Ghanaians to justify the issue.
“By all means, let’s give former and current GETFund functionaries between the audit period 2012 to 2018 and the stated beneficiaries the opportunity to be heard particularly as they will soon have to appear before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.
“May I also caution that attempts by some beneficiaries and their spokespersons to rely on paragraph E of Section 2(2) of Act 581 to justify their conduct is untenable as contrary to the law, there was no Ministerial approval secured for these scholarships since they were not brought to our attention when we served at the Ministry of Education. Moving forward, let us establish a clear code of conduct barring all MPs, Ministers and other high ranking officials of state from directly benefiting from such schemes intended for the gifted but needy”.