Scholarship brouhaha: OSP petitioned to probe Registrar

George Ayisi

In view of the recent incident involving the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, Osman Ayariga, the Deputy National Youth Organiser for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has requested that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) look into Dr. Kingsley Agyemang.

The Fourth Estate’s investigation into this controversy has brought to light a concerning pattern of wrongdoing, according to Mr. Ayariga, at the Secretariat under the current administration.

Mr Ayariga is pleading with the OSP to carry out a comprehensive investigation of the Registrar’s and other Secretariat employees’ actions regarding scholarship distribution.

His official petition, which he filed with the OSP on Tuesday, April 9, emphasizes how urgently this probe is needed.

Mr. Ayariga emphasized the significance of making sure scholarships are awarded to worthy Ghanaian students in a fair manner as opposed to being unfairly given to people with wealth or political ties.

He emphasized that the probe needs to start right away to stop the Scholarship Secretariat from misusing its resources in the future.

“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.”

He emphasised the need for the OSP to swiftly conduct this investigation without delay to prevent any further misappropriation of resources.

“I wish to state that these matters ought to be investigated as a matter of urgency to forestall any future misappropriation of our 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 expose 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 investigation findings corroborated by concerned Ghanaians, both domestically and internationally, 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 immediate requirement for 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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