Deputy Attorney General and MP for Tempane, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka says the brouhaha surrounding the GETFund saga is totally needless and could have been prevented if it had been properly handled.
According to him, the Auditor General’s report on GETFund was supposed to go to Parliament first for the necessary investigations to commence.
This he said was a more tactical process than throwing the documents into public domain for the general public to read their own interpretations into the matter.
“First of all, this report needs to get to parliament. The committee will then invite these persons to come and give an explanation, and remember that in the recent past, people were even arrested at the committee’s sittings and all that.
“These persons, the administrator and his staff will go and provide justifications for all the queries that have been raised. And if they are not convincing enough then other steps will be taken to remedy it.
“What is the reason for throwing this into the public domain when it hadn’t gotten to the final stage where people will go and answer etc. What is the purpose? What was the reason?” he said.
Speaking on Newsfile Saturday, the Deputy Attorney General also added that students who took money from GETFund to pursue courses that were already being offered in the country should be encouraged to attend local public universities.
According to him, there was no sense in spending lofty sums of money on education abroad when the same could be obtained in the country.
“What will be the reason why a course that will cost us 5000 Ghana cedis to study in Ghana we should pay 30000 dollars for someone to go and study in the US, the same course, what will be the reason? It will defeat the purpose.
“We are putting things in a certain perspective for the benefit of all of us and of course if we have done something in the past and we realize we are in the wrong, shouldn’t we correct it? Should we continue to wallow in that wrong? I don’t think so at all,” he said.
Lawyer Joseph Kpemka stated that if students who study abroad are encouraged to go for courses that are not available in universities in Ghana, it will go a long way to promote national development.
“I think we should be encouraging people to study courses that are not locally available so that we can come back and enhance national development rather than paying 30,000 dollars for a course that locally will cost us less than 10,000 dollars.”