Tullow Sends Off 48 Scholars

Charles Darku flanked by some Tullow staff and the 48 scholars.

Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) on Friday held an event to send off beneficiaries of the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS).

The beneficiaries of the 2014/2015 academic year would study at the post-graduate level in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France.

The courses of study include Water and Environmental engineering, Marine Spatial Planning, Bio-technology and Business Enterprise, Journalism, Media and Communication, Law and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The event was attended by 48 beneficiaries of the scheme and their families, the Minister of Energy & Petroleum, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, the acting CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Vice-President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs.

Others were representatives of the Petroleum Commission, the British Council of Ghana and senior managers of TGL.

Charles Darku, General Manager of Tullow Ghana, in a speech, said Tullow’s aim of bringing long lasting sustainable growth to the oil and gas sector and the Ghanaian economy remained unchanged.

Acting Director of British Council, Godfried Boakye, in a remark, said the selection was a rigorous process.

‘We received a total of 5,501 written applications in Ghana, including 720 applications from the Western region. Out of these, we invited 595 applicants for aptitude tests, group assessments and presentations in Accra, Takoradi & Kumasi.  After which, we conducted 163 pre and verification interviews and a further 109 (one on one) interviews over 17 working days with myself and senior manager of British Council and other mean looking panellists. Finally, we selected 48 scholars, which include 10 from Western region and 7 from various state ministries/agencies.’

Minister of Energy & Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, who was guest of honour, commended Tullow for instituting the scheme and called on other companies in the Energy and Petroleum sector to emulate the initiative.

Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive of Tullow Oil Plc commented: ‘The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme, now in its fourth year, is helping to create a legacy of academic and technical expertise, supporting students to gain employment and bring their enhanced capacity to their countries’ oil & gas industry. The scheme aims to address industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements, and demonstrates our commitment to the countries where we operate.’

TGSS annually awards 110 full scholarships to citizens of Ghana, Uganda, Gabon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, French Guiana and Bangladesh, out of which 50 are awarded to Ghanaians.

About $2.7million is spent on the 50 beneficiaries each year. To date, 174 Ghanaians have benefitted from the scheme.

Managed by the British Council in Ghana, TGSS continues to attract entries from all 10 regions of the country.

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