Some internet activists committed themselves to provide government-backed statistics during the #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstrations to support the call for action and the change protestors were demanding.
Protesters online shared data from economic indicators, employment statistics, government intervention programs, and spending, particularly by the executive branch of government, using the official hashtag #OccupyJulorbiHouse.
But when a single data set was given, it caused a huge uproar.
The scholarship secretariat’s 2020 list is the source of such information. The naming of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) and politically connected individuals who benefitted to the tune of thousands of dollars is the specific cause for indignation.
Many individuals criticized the political elite for profiting from the hardship of the populace after apparently seeing the GETFund Scholarships report by the Auditor-General for the first time.
Sarah Adwoa Safo, a member of parliament for Dome Kwabenya, received USD30,000 for a Harvard conference, while Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the minister of employment and labor relations, and Matthew Opoku Prempeh also received funding for programs.
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