GGAA Press Release, Sharon Hill
On Tuesday, March 25, 2008, the Glay-Kaine Administration, through its General Secretary, acknowledged receipt of Mr. Seo Davis’ letter regarding the Gedeh Scholarship Program, and it released its response to the broad electronic/media.
In that letter of March 26, 2008, the Administration stated unequivocally that: “The Board of Directors of the Grand Gedeh association in the United States suspended the scholarship program and mandated the national administration to revamp the program.” Mr. Davis was also assured in that letter that the Administration would “work with Honorable Breeze to see how best to do this program.”
Then in an apparent attempt to buttress its claims, on Friday, March 28, 2008, the Glay-Kaine Administration followed up with yet another statement, which in essence, pontificated that “the Grand Gedeh Board made the decision to suspend the scholarship program.”
At about 9:00 AM on last Friday, March 28, 2008, we contacted the President via telephone and registered the Board’s resentment of the misrepresentation of the facts, in the matter of the Gedeh Scholarship Program.
To this end, the President was challenged to produce one scintilla of evidence to substantiate his administration’s claims that the “Board made the decision to suspend the scholarship program.” After some discussions, it became crystal clear that the President could not authenticate the Administration’s assertions with factual evidence.
It was also mutually resolved that the GGAA-Board, at no point in time, ordered the suspension of the Gedeh Scholarship Program. Consequently, the President agreed that a written statement from the Administration to set the record straight in the foregoing would be the proper course of action to take.
It was also in that spirit of understanding that the President indicated that his administration would issue a written statement within 72 hours (i.e. between 10:00 AM Friday, March 28, 2008 to 10:00 AM Monday, March 31, 2008). Unfortunately, today is Wednesday, April 02, 2008 and the Glay-Kaine Administration has yet to honor its pledge.
Given the foregoing, the National Board of Directors of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, Inc. would like to exploit this medium to set the record straight in the matter of the Gedeh Scholarship Program.
We find this action, on the part of the Board, to be very necessary at this time because the Administration’s gross misrepresentation of the facts in the aforesaid has undoubtedly cast aspersion on the Board’s integrity, and thereby presented the unfortunate impression that the GGAA-Board is insensitive to the academic needs of our scholarship recipients. For the record, the Board would like to issue the following pronouncements:
On Sunday, December 2, 2007, the GGAA-Board approved a $76,000 budget for the Glay-Kaine Administration, wherein $22, 400 was allocated for education and training. This was the only time that the Board ever talked about the Gedeh Scholarship Program.
Nothing could be further from the truth than in the Glay-Kaine Administration’s intimation that the Board of Directors “suspended the GGAA scholarship program and mandated the national administration to revamp the program.”
When the Glay-Kaine Administration came to power at the end of May in 2007, the Administration made it clear that it would not continue with any of the administrative policies of the past two administrations (i.e. Nyanue-Gbortue 2001-2005; and Gbortue-Rue 2005-2007). Accordingly, the GGAA-Board has repeatedly implored the present administration to come up with its own set of administrative policies.
But unfortunately, ten months have already elapsed, and the Glay-Kaine Administration has yet to present an administrative policy for the GGAA-Board’s approval. But yet, the Administration would have the public to believe that the Board of Directors “suspended the GGAA scholarship program and mandated the national administration to revamp the program.”
In its response to Mr. Seo Davis, the Glay-Kaine Administration advised Mr. Davis to direct any future communication about the Gedeh Scholarship Program to Hon. Gaye Breeze, who is being consulted by the administration to serve in the capacity as Chairman of the Education committee.
For the record, the GGAA-Board wishes to inform the public that Hon. Charles Gaye Breeze has not been confirmed by the Board as Chairman of the Education committee, as such, the public is advised against engaging in any form of communication with Hon Breeze, in matters appertaining to the Gedeh scholarship program.
The GGAA Board also wishes to state emphatically that there is no element of truth to the Glay-Kaine Administration’s claims that “the Grand Gedeh Board of directors made the decision to suspend the scholarship program.”
This in the Board’s opinion is a clever ruse and a well calculated ploy to deflect criticism from the administration’s apparent inability to advance its administrative policies for the Board’s approval, since it assumed the helms of power a little over ten months ago. Let the word go out today that under our watch, the GGAA- Board will not be used as a scapegoat or poster boy for any of the Administration’s shortcomings.