By Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Takoradi, Aug 19, GNA – Aker Energy, an oil
company has sponsored more than 125 students in the Western Region to complete
senior high school under the 2017/2018 academic year.
The sponsorship programme is to help achieve
the Sustainable Development Goal Four, which talks about access to quality
education for all children in Ghana.
The brilliant but needy students saw their
educational progression having a focus when the company with the support of
catchment communities, the district education offices and traditional rulers
selected and sponsored them with school materials, stipend and consistent
monitoring in ten different academic institutions across the Region.
Ms Bernice Sam, the Corporate Affairs
Manager of Aker Energy at a ceremony to celebrate their scholars who had
successful passed their WASSCE examination for the 2017/2018 academic year,
said the scholarship programme had become a flagship social investment of the company
in collaboration with the GNPC.
The scholarship programme designed for
students with financial difficulties within the six coastal districts of the
Western Region, started with six partner senior high schools, but currently
runs with 10 schools including nursing college and Vocational and Technical
The six representative districts are
expected to nominate five members to form a panel to aid in the selection.
Ms Sam said the numbers have increased
significantly from a moderate figure of 71 in 2012 to 150 in the year under
Meanwhile, the scholarship package has been
reviewed to cover school materials such as trunk, chop box and books with other
component taking care of mentoring, career seminars and visits to monitor
academic performance and well-being.
The beneficiaries excelled with A’s and B’s
with a few getting C’s in the just ended WASSCE examination with forty of the
outstanding beneficiary students touring some universities to learn from
faculties on programmes of study.
Ms Sam said the company and licensed
partners were in the process of developing a tertiary level scholarship to
augment their contribution to creating an elitist society.
The Corporate Affairs Head, appreciated the
contribution of teachers, headteachers, the service providers, adding, “We
are committed to operate in a way that is mutually beneficial to the people of
Ghana and our company”.
Mr Osbert Charles Forson, Chief Inspector of
Schools at the Western Regional Education Office was grateful to the company
for supporting the training of the future manpower of the country.
He therefore urged the beneficiaries to work
hard in order to become more useful to their irrespective communities and the
nation at large.
Mrs Eugenia Gifty Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional
Minister who narrated how such scholarships in her early days helped to shape
and mould her life and thanked the company for the intervention.
She pledged the Coordinating Council’s
support in helping businesses grow within the Region.
Awulae Attibrukusu III, who chaired the
ceremony, said quality education was possible with the requisite resources and
proper supervision and urged the Ghana Education service to do more in that
Master Anthony Sarpong, a Beneficiary of the
Scheme, said “I was in a dilemma as to the next step regarding my
education but thank God Aker Energy and Partners came my way and today I am on
my way to becoming the Doctor I desired to be”.
Miss Mary Banasco, also a scholarship winner
said, “The light shed by Aker Energy has lightened our path for a more
meaningful societal live”.
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