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OSP petitioned to probe Registrar of Scholarship Secretariat over alleged corruption

Source: Joy Online

The Deputy National Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Osman Ayariga, is urging the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) investigate Dr. Kingsley Agyemang following the recent scandal involving the allocation of scholarships by the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat.

Mr. Ayariga’s petition stems from what he describes as a concerning pattern of misconduct exhibited by the Scholarship Secretariat under its current leadership.

He is urging the OSP to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the activities of the Registrar and other staff members of the secretariat regarding the scholarship allocation process as exposed by the Fourth Estate.

In his formal petition submitted to the OSP on Tuesday, April 9, Mr. Ayariga emphasised the urgency of the investigation to ensure that scholarships are awarded fairly to deserving Ghanaian students rather than individuals with political connections or affluence.

“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,” parts of the statement read.

He emphasised the need for the OSP to swiftly conduct this investigation without delay to prevent any further misappropriation of 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 investigative piece 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 findings corroborated by concerned Ghanaians, both in Ghana and abroad, 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 need for a 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.

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