By Mildred Siabi-Mensah GNA
Takoradi, Sept. 13, GNA - Awulae Annor Adjeye III, the Omanhene of Western Nzema Traditional Area has advocated the training of beneficiaries of scholarship scheme locally instead of sending them Overseas in order to assist many needy but brilliant students.
He said many brilliant but needy students continue to linger across the six coastal districts and it was only important that the HESS-GNPC scholarship programme widened its tentacles to up lift the living standards of most households along the coast of the Western Region.
Awulae Adjaye was speaking at the 2017 HESS-GNPC Scholars Inauguration at Takoradi to award 125 exceptional students who had passed the last BECE with flying colours but needed some financial assistance to pursue higher education.
He urged the HESS Ghana Exploration Limited and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Scholarship Secretariat to continue to train their scholarship beneficiaries locally.
The Chief expressed joy that the laudable initiative of the two companies tied in with the government’s agenda of ensuring that Ghanaian youth acquired education particularly, senior high education at ease without so much financial burdens on families.
“What the government has introduced as state sponsored senior high education is very impressive, but does not mean that parents should not be responsible in providing basic needs such as socks, bags, brush and pepsodent. Play a pivotal role in unearthing the potentials of these children,” he added.
To the beneficiaries, Awulae Adjaye urged them to study hard, adding, “Do not waste the time and resources either by your parents or the scholarship scheme. Handle everything carefully”.
Mr. Emmanuel Asmah, a representative of HESS, recalled how the scholarship scheme started in 2012 in the Nzema District of the Region, saying “our step to cover all the six coastal districts stemmed from the many successes and positive contributions of this project to the host communities”.
Already, 646 students have been assisted to acquire knowledge and skills in institutions such as technical, vocational, health and teacher training colleges across the country and even beyond.
Mr. Asmah said some of the beneficiaries were currently learning medicine and engineering in countries such as China, Morocco and Russia.
He said the scholarship scheme was in line with their corporate social responsibility towards the welfare and development of Ghanaians.
Mrs Eugenia Gifty Kusi, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, described the HESS-GNPC scholars’ programme as indeed a social responsibility initiative worthy of emulation by other players in Ghana’s fledging oil and gas industry.
The Deputy Minister said, “I am overly excited because what is happening here today complements the efforts of the government to ensure that every Ghanaian child is educated”.
She said the Regional Coordinating Council was willing to work closely with partners to ensure the holistic development of the Region and the country at large.
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional area, urged the beneficiaries to use the tool of education given them to brighten their world and build a Ghana devoid of corrupt and self-seeking individuals.
He also urged the students to love and be loyal to the course of Ghana as they aged, “You owe Ghana a lot by this free education. Do not come to cheat and steal from the country that has educated you”.