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Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mr Kennedy Osei Nyarko

Scholarship saga: Deputy Minister of Agric vindicated

THE DEPUTY Minister of Agriculture Kennedy Nyarko Osei has been vindicated in the audit GETfund scholarship report after the Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo has admitted in his response to his letter to him through his solicitors that he did not delve into any document but simply relied on information supplied him by GETfund.

In a letter addressed to the Auditor-General by lawyers of the legislator, the MP said he was named among other high profile politicians who had benefitted from the scheme, and thatMrDomelevo should have known there was a problem with his inclusion because no money was attached to his name.

The letter accused the Auditor-General of being unprofessional and malicious in his work.

Responding to the letter, the Auditor-General said: “It should be noted that the information contained in an audit report is from the audited entity, and in this instance, every information or name that is contained in the performance audit report on GETFund came from GETFund, the audited entity.”

“Certainly, my office has no malice or bias toward any individual named as a beneficiary from GETFund in our audit report. Your grievance, therefore, is best addressed by GETFund, who provided the audit team with the necessary information and names of beneficiaries during the audit.”

Below are details of the statement from the Auditor:

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 25th February, 2020. Please be informed that my office did not cause to be published any “supposed list of top political figures” who are claimed to have benefitted from scholarship at the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) as alleged by you.

My office, in consonance with article 187(2) of the 1992 Constitution and Sections 13(e) and 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584), undertook a special audit at the GETFund office spanning the period 2012 to 2018 and submitted a copy of the audit report to Parliament as mandated by law. And, pursuant to section 23 of Act 584, a copy of the said report is published on our website.

It should be noted that the information contained in an audit report is from the audited entity, and in this instance, every information or name that is contained in the performance audit report on Gliffund came from GETFund, the audited entity.

Certainly, my office has no malice or bias toward any individual named as a beneficiary from GETFund in our audit report. Your grievance, therefore, is best addressed by GETFund, who provided the audit team with the necessary information and names of beneficiaries during the audit.

Source: Ghana/dailyheritage.com.gh

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