President John Dramani Mahama has directed the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to grant full scholarship to Master Peter Banoebuuri, a graduate of Nandom Senior High School in the Upper West Region, for him to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
The intervention by the President will cover Master Banoebuuri's academic fees, hostel accommodation, feeding and any other expenses during the course of his seven-year study in medical school.
Already, the University for Development Studies (UDS) has declared its intention to offer admission to the 20-year-old graduate in its medical school in August/September 2015.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, has been tasked by the President to coordinate arrangements to facilitate Master Banoebuuri’s admission to the medical school.
Alhaji Sulemani told the Daily Graphic yesterday that the President had been greatly touched by the plight of the boy who resorted to farming when he could not raise the funds to pay for his fees after gaining admission to the UDS Medical School in 2014.
Master Banoebuuri scored A1s in seven subjects and a B3 in English Language in the 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He gained admission to study medicine at the UDS, but he waived the opportunity when he could not raise the initial fees of GH¢1,950.
Following the publication of the story in last Thursday's edition of the Daily Graphic, President Mahama was one of the many who were touched by Master Banoebuuri's situation.
"The President directed that we work out the arrangement to enable the young man to get back to school to make use of his talent and brain," Alhaji Sulemani said.
Master Banoebuuri was born to the late Dennis Banoebuuri and Madam Matilda Dunee in Nadowli in the Upper West Region on September 9, 1994.
The sixth of seven children, including two females, Banoebuuri is one of three members of the family privileged to have seen the walls of a classroom.
The farming activities of his parents provided the means for his schooling from the Piree R/C Primary School to the Sombo R/C Junior High School, both in the Nadowli District.
Since the story of Master Banoebuuri broke, an Accra private radio station, Atinka FM, a member of the Tobinco Group of Companies, and a number of individuals and organisations have expressed interest in supporting his education at the medical school.