The reason why numerous New Patriotic Party (NPP) members were given scholarships under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration is that the NDC members don’t like schooling, aide to Zongo Minister Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid, Faisal Ibrahim has suggested.
The grassroots of the opposition NDC are angry following revelations that members of the then opposition NPP got government scholarships to study abroad at the expense of the members of the then ruling NDC.
Reacting to the development, a lawyer, Faisal Ibrahim said “what is that the NDC in power kept giving GETFund scholarships to NPP folks? NDC folks don’t like school or what?” he asked.
Meanwhile scores of NDC member are not happy about the GETfund audit revelations.
Their anger follows an audit report of the Auditor-General on the administration of scholarships by GETFund between 2012 and 2018. It revealed that several allegedly undeserving people were given the opportunity at the expense of those most deserving.
Some of the names include now Education Minister Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Procurement Minister and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament and the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Prince Hamidu Armah who are NPP members.
The first reaction came from Commandante Akaabitono, who is an activist of the NDC. His post triggered a string of angry outbursts from NDC members.
“So the NDC gave GETFUND scholarships to rich NPP MPs to study abroad? And NDC is now calling we-the-‘foolish’ foot soldiers to come and campaign to ‘rescue’ Ghana? Is it because we wash our faces upside down?? That is what I cannot just understand!” he wrote.
Other comments read:
“I wasted my time campaigning for NDC and was never considered for any scholarship after several applications to Getfund, yet big men belonging to the opposition by then were still granted a scholarship to go and study. This is a very sad situation!”
“You speak my mind bro, Commandante Akaabitono I have to defer my course at the University for 2yrs under NDC, now am done with a degree and wish I could get a second degree but where is the money, and yet they expect me to come campaigning for them.”