Be worthy ambassadors - First Lady urges Chinese scholarship recipients

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Mrs Lordina Mahama (5th right) with some beneficiaries of the Chinese government scholarship. Those sitting by her include Mr Gong Jianzhong (3rd left), Chinese Ambassador in Ghana and Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang (2nd left). Picture: NII MARTEY BOTCHWAY

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has advised Ghanaian graduates who have been granted scholarship to study in China to diligently pursue their studies in order to apply what they learn towards the development of Ghana.

Mrs Mahama was speaking at a reception for 111 Ghanaian students who have been awarded Chinese Government Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

This year’s scholarship is an increase of 100 per cent over the previous year which saw only 51 students travelling to China for studies.

The Chinese Government has  sponsored 1,500 people  to be trained in China in the last five years.

Mrs Mahama further advised the students to respect the laws and culture of the Chinese, and learn the national spirit and the great unity of the Chinese.

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The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gong Jianzhong, urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity to study hard, gain  knowledge and skills.

“It is my hope that you will get a better understanding of Chinese culture, history, and the society, make friends with Chinese people and learn from one another,” he said.

Mr Jianzhong also expressed the optimism that after their study in China, they would have acquired the skills and knowledge to better serve Ghana and contribute to the building and development of the country.

Speaking on behalf of the students, Mr Ernest Kwame Affum thanked the Chinese government for its support and pledged to abide by the terms and conditions of the grant.

“We will learn to speak Chinese, the lifestyle, way of doing business and the best practices in terms of ethics and principles which have made the Chinese people a power house in world politics and economics,” he assured.

By Zainabu Issah/Daily Graphic/Ghana