HESS-GNPC award 125 students scholarships

IMG_0725One Hundred and Twenty Five students from different Junior High Schools and other institutions have become beneficiaries of HESS Ghana Exploration (HESS)-Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Scholarship Programme.

The beneficiaries will further their education in nursing, senior high school and vocational education.

The scholarships were part of HESS-GNPC corporate social responsibility towards the communities very close to the oil and gas production sites.

The scholarship awards bring the total number of beneficiaries in six coastal districts, hosting the country’s oil and gas activities to 646 since the inception of the programme in 2012.

Mr Emmanuel Asmah, a Finance Manager, speaking at the presentation held here on Tuesday said in addition to the scholarship, the beneficiaries would also receive termly stipend throughout the duration of their course.

He noted that the scholarship programme which started in 2012 was transforming the lives of bright young scholars who merited the intellectual challenge of quality education in the Western Region.

He said the programme provided educational support to exceptionally promising but needy students from Shama, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Ellembelle and Jomoro Districts in the region.

He said the support covered the cost of secondary school education or technical-vocational training as long as the beneficiaries met certain conditions such as high academic performance and record of good conduct in school.

He said HESS-GNPC gesture was to compliment government’s efforts to raise the quality of education and also assist parents who could not support their children to further their studies.

The Manager of Sustainability at GNPC, Dr Kweku Ofori observed that the programme which started in 2012 had impacted positively on the lives of the people.

He disclosed that 200 students from the Western Region out of the GNPC 500 scholarships would receive scholarships from GNPC this year to study in tertiary institutions in Ghana.

He said all scholarships would be awarded to study in Ghana since the nation could train the students, adding the method would allow GNPC to offer more scholarships for more students to study internally.

The Western Regional Deputy Minister, Madam Gifty Eugenia Kusi said the gesture was very laudable since it assisted poor but needy students to achieve their educational goals.

She urged the recipients to prove to HESS-GNPC that they actually deserved the scholarship and study hard to win more laurels.

The chairman of the occasion, Awulae Annor Adjaye III, the omanhene of Benyin said the decision to train students in Ghana was laudable because the method would allow more students to qualify for the scholarships.

FROM PETER GBAMBILA TAKORADI 

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