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Dr. Apaak urges urgent action against govt’s neglect of Ghanaian students abroad

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Builsa South MP and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, has issued a call to action for Ghanaians to hold the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government accountable for alleged corruption and mismanagement of public funds.

According to Dr. Apaak, the government’s frivolous expenditure on personal projects is severely affecting Ghanaian students on Government of Ghana (GoG) Scholarships abroad, leading to severe hardships.

Dr. Apaak’s comments come in response to recent pleas from Ghanaian students in Morocco, who have shared their struggles through videos.

He stressed that based on the circulating video, the students face threats of being barred from exams, eviction from their residences, and an inability to pay for utilities and food due to delays in government remittances via the Scholarship Secretariat.

“The plight of our students in Morocco, as narrated by themselves in the video attached, adds to a long and unending list of similar situations reported by students in various countries studying on GoG Scholarships,” said Dr. Apaak. He emphasized the urgent need for national attention to address the suffering of these students.

Dr. Apaak highlighted that although the Scholarship Secretariat operates under the Presidency and is beyond the direct oversight of the Education Committee, he has taken it upon himself to advocate for these students.

Drawing from his own experiences as an international student in Norway and Canada, he expressed a deep understanding of their challenges.

“As far as I know, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has been granted the resources to ensure that all our students on GoG Scholarships, both home and abroad, are adequately supported and their stipends timeously remitted. Therefore, the government, through the Scholarship Secretariat, has no excuse looking on while our sons and daughters suffer humiliation in foreign lands,” Dr. Apaak asserted.

In 2022, Dr. Apaak raised the issue in Parliament, questioning the government about the delays in remittances. He urged Ghanaians to join him in demanding immediate action from the government to remit the funds owed to students in Morocco and to ensure timely payments to all students on GoG Scholarships worldwide.

“Given that the situation in which our students in Morocco find themselves remains unresolved, I ask you to join me in calling on Akufo-Addo and/or Bawumia to instruct the Scholarship Secretariat to immediately remit our helpless students in Morocco,” he urged. “Let’s further call on the government to ensure that there are no unreasonable delays in remitting our students on GoG Scholarships in any part of the world.”

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|

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