Thursday, 30 May

Probe Registrar of Scholarship Secretariat - NDC Dep Youth Organiser petitions OSP

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The Deputy National Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Osman Ayariga, has called on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to investigate Dr. Kingsley Agyemang in light of the recent scandal surrounding the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat. 

This scandal, as uncovered by the Fourth Estate, highlights what Mr Ayariga describes as a troubling trend of misconduct within the Secretariat under its current leadership.

He is urging the OSP to conduct a thorough examination of the activities of the Registrar and other staff members of the Secretariat about the allocation of scholarships. 

His formal petition, submitted to the OSP on Tuesday, April 9, underscores the urgent need for this investigation. 

Mr Ayariga emphasised the importance of ensuring that scholarships are distributed fairly to deserving Ghanaian students, rather than being unfairly allocated to individuals with political connections or wealth.

He stressed that the investigation must proceed promptly to prevent any further misuse of resources within the Scholarship Secretariat.

"It has become necessary to petition your office due to the despicable magnitude of abuse the Scholarship secretariat under the current leadership has exhibited."

"I am therefore by this petition calling for a full-scale investigation into the activities of the Registrar and associated staff of the secretariat regarding the award of scholarships."

He emphasised the need for the OSP to swiftly conduct this investigation without delay to prevent any further misappropriation of resources.

"I wish to state that these matters ought to be investigated as a matter of urgency to forestall any future misappropriation of our resources."

"I, hereby, request that the Registrar be subjected to investigations and be made to step aside pending the outcome of the investigations to prevent interference with the investigative process," he added.

His demand follows a recent exposé by the Fourth Estate, which revealed disparities in the allocation of scholarships, favouring affluent individuals with connections.

In response to the scandalous expose by the Fourth Estate regarding the arbitrary and biased awarding of scholarships by the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, the Minority in Parliament is demanding the immediate suspension of Dr. Kingsley Agyemang.

The NDC MPs asserted that the investigation findings corroborated by concerned Ghanaians, both domestically and internationally, warrant decisive action.

They contend that such practices are unfair to deserving Ghanaian students who depend on the Secretariat for assistance.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, has underscored the immediate requirement for legislation to govern scholarship distribution.

Dr. Agyemang highlighted the challenges officials face in determining eligibility due to the lack of clear legislative guidelines defining criteria for identifying needy individuals.

He emphasised the importance of scholarship legislation to establish transparent eligibility standards and eliminate ambiguity in the allocation process.

Source: Classfmonline.com