‘I was needy but my son was brilliant’ – Asiedu Nketia admits GETFUND help
Following an Auditor-General report of a scramble for GETFUND scholarships among the politically connected in society, General Secretary to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has confessed his son was a beneficiary.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia said at the time he was no longer an MP and was, therefore, could not afford his son’s tuition. The ‘needy’ politician said he turned to GETFUND for help.
“My son was awarded the scholarship to study Risk Management outside the country because institutions of higher learning in Ghana were not offering that course,” he said on Adom FM Tuesday.
The disbursement of GETFUND scholarships has left many Ghanaians scandalized as the Auditor-General’s report from 2012 to 2018 revealed “very disturbing” findings.
Document: How GETFUND ‘gifted’ more than 1,200 scholarships without seeing admission letters
More than 1,200 beneficiaries were able to secure funding without producing admission letters. Politicians including MPs were able to get sponsorships to study outside the country while needy and brilliant students had to rely on loans.
The report pointed to abuse of power by the GETFUND administrator who run a one-man show, approving bursaries with little oversight by the Board of Trustees.
Document: How GETFUND granted MPs, politicians, others $4.7m in scholarships as brilliant but needy students suffered