- The Minority is demanding an audit into what it claims to be frivolous expenses and a possible case of causing financial loss to the state by the Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh
- NAPO is accused of spending over $370, 000 to train 13 people
The Minister for Education, Mathew Opoku Prempeh has been accused of misusing money from the public purse to train 13 people in the United States of America.
According to the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu in the Northern region, Ras Mubarak, the training of the personnel could have cost less had it been done in Ghana.
His comments come after the Education Ministry offered to sponsor 13 people to be trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.
The total amount spent by the Ministry is reportedly pegged at over $370, 000 – an amount the Minority in Parliament believe is excessive.
However, the Minister insists the spending was in the right place, arguing the training was important for the organizations the persons were drawn from namely; NSS, YEA, NEIP, NYA and MASLOC.
He explained that it was necessary to equip the personnel with adequate skills to return to help the nation.
Taking 13 people to the United States for a two-year program, I don’t think it is excessive,” Mr. Prempeh stated.
However, the MP for Kumbungu said the Minister’s explanations do not hold and cannot be taken seriously.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Mr. Mubarak said he would refer the matter to the Education Committee of Parliament for action to be taken.
According to him the Education Ministry has just wasted money from the public purse with such a move.
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