The Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has defended the decision to name Abraham Attah as government’s ambassador for Free SHS on the grounds that it’s not a paid gig.
According to the Minister, Attah himself volunteered for the job, which he’s undertaking at no cost to the government and people of Ghana.
The decision to name Attah the ambassador for the Free SHS project garnered immense criticism, mainly due to the fact that Attah schools in the US instead of Ghana.
Speaking in Accra Thursday, Dr Prempeh defended the decision.
Abraham Attah is a young street kid in Ghana who has benefitted by fortune or good luck. He just went to America two years ago and his fortunes have blossomed to become a star. I haven’t seen any good will ambassador of any cause in this world who is not famous.
“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. Besides that, he donated nearly a 1,000 pairs of sandals for fellow kids who are vulnerable just like when he was vulnerable in Ghana and we are saying I should throw him out?”