The Graduate Students Association of Ghana, (GRASAG), has appealed to the Special Prosecutor and Attorney General to step in and conduct investigations into the award of scholarships to some Members of Parliament and other public officials.
The students believe the decision by the MPs and public officials to apply for and obtain the Ghana Education Trust Fund(GETFund) scholarships amount to an abuse of office.
They are of the view that the GETFund is and was instituted purposely to facilitate the education of needy but brilliant students stating Section 2 (2b) of Act 581 of the GETFund law to back their claim.
“It is really unconscionable that sitting Members of Parliament and other public officials will even put themselves up to be considered for scholarship meant for needy students. This is the evidence of impunity with which the political class has carefully been orchestrating against the masses in this country,” a statement issued by the Association stressed.
They added, “To the extent that these public officials did not go through any robust competitive selection process before receiving their scholarships is enough ground to ask them to refund the said amount and we call on the attorney general and the office of the special prosecutor to investigate circumstances that resulted in this malicious abuse of office by these public officials.”
While calling for the prosecution of all those complicit including both current and former leaders of the Fund, GRASAG urged government to ensure that the policy is restructured to favour all and not privileged few.
“Public funds must not be used to the benefit of few individuals with political connection and influence, while the masses wallow in abject poverty and uncertainties. At this point, GRASAG stands by the recommendations of the Auditor General for GETFund to abide by Section 2 (2b) of the GETFund Act and give funds to Scholarships Secretariat for the administration of local scholarships and desist from administering foreign scholarships. We also call for the prosecution and sanction of public officials both past and present who have unfairly benefited from scholarships meant for brilliant but needy students as well as officials who approved these scholarships,” he noted.