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Minority Calls for Suspension of Scholarship Secretariat Registrar Over Alleged Scholarship Mismanagement

The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat following allegations of corruption. This call comes after an investigative report by the Fourth Estate revealed that scholarships, meant for deserving students, were awarded based on political affiliations and other inappropriate criteria.

The report, covering 2019 to 2020, suggests that individuals associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) received preferential treatment in scholarship awards. The Minority MPs are demanding the resignation of Kingsley Agyemang, the registrar of the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, and an investigation by the Office of the Special Prosecutor into the Secretariat’s operations.

According to the Minority, testimonies from Ghanaians at home and abroad corroborate the findings of the Fourth Estate’s investigations. They allege instances of extortion, bribery, and kickbacks involving the Scholarship Secretariat officials.

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The Minority also called on President Akufo-Addo to take swift action to protect the public purse from further abuse. They highlighted reports of multiple scholarships awarded to the same individuals in the same year, sometimes for short training programs abroad in exchange for kickbacks.

In response to these allegations, the NDC Minority Caucus in Parliament has demanded the immediate suspension of Kingsley Agyemang pending investigations into the Secretariat’s operations. They also called for a forensic audit of all scholarships awarded since January 2017 to be conducted by the Special Prosecutor.

Source: CitiNewsroom

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