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GETFund scholarship: Kweku Baako speaks on NAPO’s involvement


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Journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, has revealed that Minister of Education and Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh was a beneficiary of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) scholarship in 2014 when he was MP and had already served about six years as such.

Clarifying the issue on Facebook due to perceptions that he was a Minister while on the scholarship, Mr Baako explained that Dr Opoku Prempeh was granted the scholarship in 2014 for a 3-week program in Harvard University in the US and not when he became Minister.

The Minister himself in denying that he had been a beneficiary of the scholarship scheme was careful to say that he has never been a beneficiary “since assuming” office as Minister.

According to the audit report on the grant of GETfund Scholarships, Mr Opoku Prempeh spent some US $24, 000 at Harvard University training in a programme dubbed “Senior Executive in National and International Security”.

Mr Opoku Prempeh became MP in 2008 and was appointed Minister of Education in 2017. He reportedly owns a security firm and there is a widely held notion that the training was meant to help him better run the firm since it was on security matters.

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