The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has been making the headlines since Sunday evening because the GETFund Scholarship scheme audited for the period of 2012-2018, has revealed that some appointees in the NPP administration were beneficiaries of the funds purposed to sponsor brilliant but needy Ghanaian students education.
Anifa Musa, a native of Tamale, has her name mentioned in the report which suggests she received €11,900.00 dollars as tuition and €12,710.00 as allowance. Nonetheless, in reaction to the news and the interview conducted by Justice K. Aniah Baba, Musa denied ever receiving such amount of money from the government. ‘’I never received money from the government”.
I applied for the scholarship in 2016; I received only a confirmation letter and I have evidence to prove that’’, she said.
“I completed my first degree in 2013 and finished my National service in 2014. In December 2015, I applied for Urban Management and Development (UMD) program at Erasmus University, Netherlands and the program was to start in September 2016. Between January to February 2017, I applied for Getfund”.
They did not pay the money to the school. Even though I did follow-ups they refused to disburse the money for payment until the news broke yesterday.
” They have destroyed my life. The way I wanted my life to move, they have changed it”.
I suffered to get admission because getting admission at Erasmus University is not easy; its a highly competitive”. Angry Ms Anifa Musa stated.
Meanwhile, the GETFund has released a disclaimer on 23rd February 2020 which states that it never gave scholarships to Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh- Minister of Education, Hon.Adwoa Safo- Minister of State in charge of Procurement, and Dr. Prince Armah- Executive Secretary of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NACCA). In the disclaimer, the GETFund said under the GETFund Act 2000, Act 581, sponsorships are not limited to only brilliant but needy student but also to serve strategic national interests.
The audit report states that there has not been policies and systems to control the disbursement of funds to beneficiaries. The report also suggested that the GETFund had exceeded 300% from 2012-2014.
Meanwhile, the audit report suggests that top appointees in the NPP received scholarships to study abroad.
In addition, the Ministry of Education has stated that the story is not only fake, but it is also vexatious.
By: Justice K. Aniah Baba
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