The Economic Fighters League (Fighters), a radical revolutionary non-partisan social movement, has described the recent revelations by the Auditor-General in relation to the GetFund as just another “proof of the system’s treachery against the people”.
In a media release copied to Nsempii News, Fighters commended the actions of the Auditor-General for exposing the massive rot and urged him to “proceed to disallow, surcharge and recover the monies that have been so shamelessly appropriated by people whose salaries and emoluments can in themselves be enough to pay for other people’s education but who choose to rather rob from the poor”.
Read the release below:
The revelations by the Auditor-General of illegal expenditure and misuse of scholarship funds are another proof of the system’s treachery against the people.
The Auditor-General documents how members of the privileged class including members of parliament and ministers of state have over the years shamelessly appropriated scholarship funds meant for the poor and needy. In some cases, they have been beneficiaries of large sums of money running into tens of thousands of dollars. These monies were spent on personal development courses abroad while millions of people cannot afford to pay fees for local university education.
We commend the Auditor-General for his meticulous work in exposing this rot. His report presents yet another clear evidence of what a messed-up system we have, which has been set up to rob and oppress the people.
But he should not stop there. He should proceed to disallow, surcharge and recover the monies that have been so shamelessly appropriated by people whose salaries and emoluments can in themselves be enough to pay for other people’s education but who choose to rather rob from the poor. Beneficiaries such as the Minister of Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Procurement, Sarah Adjoa Sarfo and others should be made to pay back the money. The recovered funds should be sent to the Student Loan Trust Fund to disburse to truly needy students who have been suffering for the delay in disbursement of their student loans.
Also all the individuals including administrators and directors of the GETFund – former and present – whose actions and/or inactions have been found to facilitate the stealing of the people’s money must be prosecuted and jailed.
The son or daughter of the typical rural woman who is supposed to be supported with a scholarship to further their education is disadvantaged because the privileged few after they have eaten all the bread will not allow them to have even the crumbs left.