Minority calls for removal  of Registrar of Scholarships Secretariat

Story: News Desk 

The Minority in Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of Dr. Kingsley Agyemang amidst the scandalous expose by the Fourth Estate that points to the arbitrary and skewed award of scholarships by the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat.

According to the NDC MPs, the findings of the Fourth Estate’s investigation have been substantiated by concerned Ghanaians, both locally and internationally.

They argued that this situation was  unjust for deserving Ghanaian students who rely on the Secretariat for support.

In a press release issued on Monday, April 8,  2024, and endorsed by the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the minority members were urging for the immediate suspension of the Registrar.

They urged the President to promptly address this issue to prevent further misuse of public funds.

“We call on President Akufo-Addo to act swiftly in this matter in order to protect the public purse from further abuse.”

They also urged the Special Prosecutor to initiate a forensic audit into the operations of the Secretariat without delay.

“The Special Prosecutor must order an immediate forensic audit of all scholarships awarded since January 2017,” the statement added.

Their call comes in the wake of a recent investigative report by the Fourth Estate, alleging that scholarships are being disproportionately granted to well-connected affluent individuals within the country. 

In response, Dr. Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat,  emphasised the urgent need for legislation to govern the allocation of scholarships.

Dr. Agyemang pointed out the current difficulties faced by officials in determining eligibility, citing the absence of clear legislative frameworks outlining criteria for identifying needy individuals.

He stressed the necessity of scholarship legislation to establish clear eligibility standards and remove any uncertainties in the allocation process.

“I think a scholarship legislation is so eminent and that will set out everything that we need to do or how the funds need to be managed.”

“It’s been managed over the years by the dexterity of leaders. What I think is so important – so in conjunction with maybe National Development Planning Commission and DPC to really identify priority areas that as Ghanaians, we need to.”

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