The Volta River Authority (VRA) has awarded scholarship to 46 brilliant needy students who have gained admission to second cycle institutions.
The scholarship package covers the full tuition and other expenses throughout their three years stay in school. The students were selected from the southern sector communities affected by the operations of the VRA
The scholarship award scheme is under the VRA Community Development Programme (CDP).
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Presenting the award certificate to the students at Akuse in the Eastern Region, last Tuesday, the Chief Executive of the VRA, Mr Kweku Awotwi, said the award was introduced during the 50th anniversary of VRA in 2011.
“To set our development dialogue in context,, we launched the Community Development Initiative Framework Document in March 2003 to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationship with communities affected by our operations,” he said.
Mr Awotwi said the VRA CDP scholarship scheme sought to provide opportunities for young men and women to maximise their potential and contribute to Ghana’s development.
According to Mr Awotwi, the scheme was initially intended as a one-off Programme terminating after its first cycle of operation where 50 brilliant needy students were given the scholarship, but considerations were given to continue with it.
He said 14 students had also been selected from the northern sector of the VRA operational areas.
Mr Awotwi, however, said any beneficiary of the scheme who would not perform well in school would have the scholarship withdrawn.
In a speech read on his behalf, a Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, commended the management of VRA for initiating the scholarship scheme to support students from operational areas.
He said since education was the key for accelerating the process of development, it was imperative for institutions to support the government in providing quality and affordable education.
Mr Ablakwa reiterated the government commitment to provide infrastructural assistance to enhance educational institutions in the country, adding, “I am therefore happy that the VRA is spearheading this process of development in the communities affected by the operation of the VRA”.
He, therefore, advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the scholarship to boost their academic progression.
A beneficiary of the scholarship, Richard Boakye Addo, a student of the Akwamuman SHS, thanked the authorities and gave an assurance that the investment would not be in vain.
By Dominic Moses Awiah/Daily Graphic/Ghana