General News of Monday, 7 August 2017
The minister of state at the presidency in charge of tertiary education, Professor Kwesi Yankah has taken on think tanks in the country accusing them of pursing personal interest to the detriment of the Ghanaian populace.
He observed that most of the so-called think tanks are noted for concealing the true findings of credible research but rather release the malicious ones intended to smoothen their paths in the pursuit of a clandestine agenda.
This he warned is not working towards the development of the country appealing to them to eschew such practices in the nation’s interest.
At the opening of the twenty third congress of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) he said: ““Ask any think tank, government agencies or even the statistical service about the statistics of unemployment in Ghana and they will draw a blank because nobody knows it,” He demanded.
“Look at how we in Ghana have messed ourselves up in producing less than accurate statistics for the purpose of elections. ask yourselves how we arrived at statistics for a voting population of fifteen million in a total population of 37 million and when you talk of a bloated electoral register, authorities throw up their hands in shame simply as if there are no serious universities where statistics is thought,”
“Either we are not interested in statistics or we deliberately throw up the wrong statistics to undermine accuracy and give unfair advantage to certain categories of people. We have thus bloated the statistics and figures to either win an election or to allocate a separate district to ourselves and possibly a district capital.”