Northern Forum urges speedy release of funds

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Accra, Jan. 17, GNA – The Northern Development Forum (NDF) has expressed concern about the news in the public domain that Senior High Schools in the three Regions of Northern Ghana may not be able to commence the academic year on schedule due to delays in receiving their feeding grants.

In a release signed by Dr Hakeem Wemah, Chairman of NDF, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, the Forum underlined the point that Northern Ghana was lagging behind the rest of the country in many educational indicators.

‘It is for this and other reasons that we would appreciate it very much if the current situation is addressed with all the seriousness that it deserves in order to prevent a seemingly bad situation from getting worse.’

NDF observed that the problem of delayed release of grants seemed to be a perennial one, and wondered how such administrative lapses continued to persist.

‘We are therefore appealing to the relevant state institutions responsible, particularly the Ministry of Education, GET-Fund, Ministry of Finance and the Scholarships Secretariat, to work together to solve the current problem without delay’, it said, adding that students should not be made to undergo such needless suffering or become disadvantaged due to administrative actions or inactions.

The release also stated that NDF was ready to engage with all relevant stakeholders in finding a lasting solution to the problem.

NDF is a non-political, non-partisan, non-religious and non-ethnic organization that serves as a platform to galvanise support for the development of the three Northern Regions of Ghana.

GNA

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