- The Education Minister has revealed that Abraham Attah voluntarily stepped in to be the ambassador of the Free SHS project
- He stated the actor was not paid to take up the role
- He says it is not unusual for famous people to headline goodwill causes in any society
Star Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah was not paid to be the ambassador for the Akufo-Addo administration’s Free Senior High School policy.
This was announced by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh at a press briefing on Thursday.
According to him, the actor voluntarily offered to be ambassador for the project as he felt it would a good way to give back to the society.
“People came to my office with their children who had seen Abraham Attah and were keen to go to school. He doesn’t live in my generation so I didn’t even know him, I hadn’t even met him. Abraham Attah wasn’t paid a [penny] to come and campaign for Free SHS. He thought that if God has put him where he is, he should come and support a noble cause. He walked into my office and declared to be a Free SHS ambassador for free,” Dr. Opoku-Prempeh said.
In a report by Ultimate FM, the minister added that young actor has also made some charitable donations to some communities, namely his partnership with Toms shoes to deliver up 1,000 shoes to children in communities across the country.
The Education Minister was strongly criticized by sections of the general public, when he unveiled Abraham Attah as the goodwill ambassador for the Free SHS project.
Many opined that it was unfair to use the actor who was schooling abroad as the face of the project.
However, Dr. Opoku Prempeh has defended his position, stating the actor was just a humble young boy in Ghana like the other children the project targets, who happened to have had a run of good luck.
He noted it is not uncommon to see famous people as the face of developmental projects in many societies.
The actor was recently in the Eastern Region, where he met and interacted with some pupils of certain schools in the area.
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