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General News of Saturday, 22 March 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

Education Ministry is deceiving the public – MP

Member of Parliament for Bosumtwe Simon Osei Mensah has denied asking the Education Ministry to account for all projects undertaken with the GHS85m Cal Bank loan approved by Parliament for construction of classroom blocks across the country.

According to him, he did not ask the ministry to account for all the projects undertaken with the loan but only specific projects.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he said “I have never asked the Education Ministry to account for all projects undertaken by the ministry; the question was to ask the Minister of Education the number of six unit classroom blocks and two storey dormitory blocks that had been constructed since January, 2009 to December 2012, indicating the allocation and sources of funding”.

Earlier reports in sections of the media had stated that the Education Ministry could not account for the GHS85m facility and the school blocks constructed with the loan.

The Ministry of Education has indicated that it is ready to account for the GHS85m Cal Bank facility which was used to construct classroom blocks. According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations of the Ministry, Paul Krampah,”it is also not true that the projects for which the facility was secured have not been executed.”

But speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Osei Mensah dismissed claims by Mr. Krampah, saying “what he is telling you is not true, he is being economical with the truth.”

He described Mr. Krampah’s assertions as an “attempt to throw dust in the eyes of the public.”

“I just asked them to indicate sources of funding for a particular project in question, but the ministry included unnecessary projects such as ICT centres, rehabilitation of carious infrastructure… .,”he added.

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