OMA champions Futurestars Schools Project in Ghana

Accra, Sept. 20, GNA
– OMA, a leading firm in the maritime sector would organise its third youth
festival at the Tema Sports Stadium on Saturday, September 24, under its Future
Stars Schools Project.

The project, a
collaboration between OMA Ghana, Ipswich Town Football Academy and Yinson
Holdings Berhad is aimed at promoting education and instilling core values
through the game of football.

It was launched on
February 28, 2015, with the motto: “Encouraging Values & Inspiring
Children.”

The project stakeholders
are the Ghana Education Service (GES) and National Sports Authority (NSA).

“We are thrilled to
partner with Ipswich Town Football Academy and Yinson Holdings Berhad and
collaborate with the GES and NSA in this life changing project, which has the
potential to impact the entire community”, says MD of OMA Ghana, Garry Miller.

“We are delighted
with the response to the project so far and look forward to a great event,” he
said in a statement issued in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

In line with the
mission, a delegation from OMA including Titus Bramble – former EPL Player,
Simon Milton – Director of Academy Sales at Ipswich Town FC and the MD of OMA
Group would arrive in the country on Tuesday, September 20.

The project being
undertaken with additional funding from Yinson, making the idea a reality has
evolved into a fantastic programme working with five schools in Tema,
potentially influencing 2500 children.

The statement said
the response from the children and staff involved has been fantastic.

OMA Ghana has
employed two coaches full time who visit each school every week to deliver
football coaching and work with the schools’ PE teachers to help them deliver a
full range of sports activities for boys and girls.

The children are
picked after a talent hunt at the “after school development centre” at the Tema
Sports Stadium.

The five public
schools in Tema selected as model schools for the project are: Community 7
Primary School, Community 8 Primary School, Twedease Primary School, Republic
Road Primary School and Batsonaa Primary School.

Currently the team
is made up of 36 boys who are part of the Development Centre receive coaching,
hygiene and life tips from the coaches 4 days in a week.

To move the project
to the next level, about four months ago a netball programme was introduced for
all girls in the five model schools and so far 28 of them have been invited to
play the game.

“The academic
performance of each student is also monitored by the company where we assist
financially any student who needs help for extra tuition,” the statement said.

Together with Yinson
Productions Ghana, phase one of renovations at the five schools is completed,
with phase two soon to begin.

A committee made up
of Emmanuel Okyne-Tetteh from OMA Ghana who is leading the project, the British
High Commission in Accra, Mr Miller and Mr Milton, are supporting the coaches
and supplying all the kit, equipment and backup they need.

OMA offers
unrivalled expertise in liner and non-liner ship agency, vessel husbandry and
logistics – both offshore and onshore.

The statement said:“
With over 30 years experience in West Africa we understand the challenges of
doing business in emerging markets and over the last decade the company’s reach
has extended into new countries and service sectors.

“We intend to
continue this expansion. In 2015 we handled 6081 agency appointments in total
in Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast, with a staff count of 175.

“Our people are our
key resource. The combination of operational know-how with unsurpassed local
expertise enables us to respond quickly and efficiently to customer needs. 

“We are proud of our
long-standing relationships with both customers and suppliers, and of our track
record in the region.”

OMA has developed
clear guidelines and policies that address important issues on HSSE, Ethics and
Quality assurance. 

These policies drive
how the organisation conducts its business. It follows the principles of
accountable and transparent leadership and business management and recognises
the responsibility to do so for the benefit of employees, partners and the
wider community in West Africa.

“We have a long term
commitment to West Africa,” the statement said.

Mr Miller is
Honorary Life Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (West Africa
Branch), which facilitates and encourages local and global employers to invest
in training to raise standards across West Africa.

OMA group is
affiliated to indigenous companies in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire and
Senegal, with support from a European sales and marketing office.

GNA

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