The Volta River Authority (VRA), Ghana’s major generator and supplier of electricity, has awarded scholarships to 46 brilliant but needy students in communities in the Eastern Region where it operates.
The scheme, which forms part of its (VRA) corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community development program (CDP), aimed at affording the needy children the opportunity to further their education at both the secondary and the tertiary levels.
Beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme for tertiary education included Nyarko Kwesi Wilfred, Agyei Kwaku Ebenezer, Agamlor Evans, Azilah Bright, Kpetigo Dela, Avuwada Anthony Yao, Lavi Sybel Esinu, Tawiah-Nfodjo Harrison, Nortey Peter Adom, Norvietro Bless, Adevor Redeemer, Agyekum Joseph, Essilfie Francis, Sackey Osei Joseph and Obeng Ansah Edwin.
They are expected to pursue their studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra; University of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Ghana (UG); Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), amongst others.
At the secondary level, the beneficiaries were Osei Vivian, Oppong Laryo Comfort, Adamtey Gabriel, Kotoku Paul, Sabah Benedicta, Norvivor Kwasi Olympio, Ocansey David, Tachie Princilla, Buer Rita, Adonu Winfred Tettey, Addo Francis Kweku, Bali George Kojo and Doviavu Wisdom.
Speaking at the scholarship awards ceremony held at Akosombo, Eastern Region, on Tuesday under the theme: ‘Sustaining Community Development through Education’, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VRA, Kirk Koffi, indicated that since 2011 when the VRA CDP Scholarship Scheme was introduced, 260 brilliant but needy students had benefitted from it.
‘VRA has spent about GH¢500,000 over the past four years of the scheme which began in 2011,’ he revealed.
According to him, VRA was also planning to distribute about 10,000 reading and text books to some basic and senior high schools as well as ‘100,000 exercise books to basic schools in the VRA catchment areas.’
Minister of Education, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyamang, in a speech read on her behalf, noted that the scheme would go a long way to helping shape the future of the beneficiaries, and called on their parents and the beneficiaries themselves to treat the award as a golden opportunity in their lives and to as well make better use of it.
She commended VRA for going beyond just providing energy to the nation and ‘also recognizing the need to develop human capacity to complement the nation’s development.’
She also appealed to VRA to continuously support the development of education in Ghanaian.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis Komla Ganyaglo, who chaired the function, was optimistic that the scheme would help in developing the capacities of the awardees.
‘This idea is not only to showcase how charitable VRA is to the communities it operates in, but to also develop the human capacities of some talented young men and women who for some reasons cannot meet the demands placed on them to acquire quality education,’ he said.
BY Melvin Tarlue
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