In the midst of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests, some activists online dedicated themselves to providing government-backed data to buttress the call for action and the change protesters were demanding.
From data on economic indices, job figures, government intervention priogrammes and spending by especially the executive arm of government, protesters online retweeted such data with the official hashtag #OccupyJulorbiHouse.
But when one specific data set was provided, it triggered mass reaction.
That data is a 2020 list by the scholarship secretariat. The specific grounds for outrage being the listing of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) and politically connected persons who benefited to the tune of 1000s of dollars.
Many people, appearing to have set eyes on the said GETFund Scholarships report by the Auditor-General for the first time lambasted the political class for feeding off the suffering of the people.
MPs who came under renewed attack were Dome Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who received USD30,000 for a Harvard conference whiles Energy Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh also received funds for a programme as did Emplyment and Labour Relations Minister Ignatius Baffour-Awuah.
Some of the associated reactions were as follows:
And let’s talk about Getfund and other government scholarships. The ones with power and being paid with your taxes and can actually afford, have also shared the scholarships to their children and relatives. The ones who actually need the scholarships aren’t the ones who get them.…
— Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo (@Fentuo_) September 23, 2023
“Whenever I see this list and notice certain names, I am filled with irrepressible rage. The niece of the Minister of Finance, who we were told was as rich as Mansa Musa, was given a scholarship designed for brilliant and needy Ghanaians,” an X user posted.
Source: Peacefm online