The Lebanese community in Ghana has reiterated its commitment to the development of tertiary education in the country by awarding scholarships to a number of students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).
The brilliant students at one of the premier communication institutes on the continent were honoured in a short ceremony at the school.
A total of 16 students were presented with the scholarships, including four in second year, five in third and seven in their final year at the institute.
The beneficiaries of the scholarship were chosen based on their performance over two semesters of the previous academic year.
The scholarships cover the fees and SRC dues of the students for the new academic year.
The Ambassador of Lebanon, Mr Ali Halabi, who represented the Lebanese community in Ghana at the ceremony, stated that the students were chosen based on their consistency and were fully deserving of the scholarships.
He called on the students not to relent adding that the scholarship was a “means to an end and not an end in itself.”
“Although Ghana has made considerable strides in advancing the course of the media, there is more to be done, It is in this regard that the Lebanese community decided to sponsor upcoming journalists who will uphold ethical standards and not succumb to mediocrity, in order to champion the nation’s development. Take your studies seriously in order to attain higher heights,” Mr Halabi advised the beneficiaries.
The rector of GIJ, Dr Wilberforce S. Dzisah, thanked the Lebanese community for their support, expressing his hope that the partnership would continue.
“The Lebanese Community has been running this scheme for needy but brilliant student for the past four years and therefore should be commended. I must we are indeed grateful,” Dr. Dzisah opined.
The community has also supported students in the University of Ghana, Legon and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) while dependents of fallen servants in the armed forces and police service in the country have also been assisted.
Eugenia Akorfa Kumi, Emma Obiri, Richard Mawutor Dzikunu, Leonora Amakuor Akpey, Manasseh Sugarthan Annor, Jeffery Owureku Sarpong, Sheriff Appiah (Fourth year), Tryphena Lizzert Ama Odehye Yeboah, Prosper Kofi Senyo, Edwin Kwakofi, Brigette Agozie, and Emmanuel Agorsor (Third year) Maame Adwoa Ohenewaa Adu, Dominic Asitanga Awuni, Shadrach Odame and Erica Nartekie Kodjo (second year).
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana