WAPCo introduces startup tools and scholarships to students in host communities

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) presented start-up tools to graduates of its Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES) in Shama District in the Western Region and Tema Manhean/Kpone in the Greater Region. Accra.

The company also presented scholarship certificates to the 8th batch of its scholars under its scholarship program.

WAPCo, as part of its Livelihood Support Program, offers a Community Enterprise Program for Youth and a Scholarship Program for youth in its host communities.

The Community Youth Enterprise Scheme provides primary school leavers in enterprise host communities who cannot continue their education due to financial constraints, and the opportunity to learn a trade of their choice at recognized professionals and techniques.

Under the scholarship program, WAPCo has sponsored recipients at the tertiary level pursuing programs in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, law, social sciences, actuarial science, and mathematics; others have already completed their undergraduate studies and those in the skills acquisition program have started businesses.

108 beneficiaries

Through this initiative, the company has supported 108 beneficiaries, 73 of whom have already received tools and started their own business. Some are pursuing higher education while others have found employment in the formal sectors.

WAPCo, at a graduation ceremony at Shama, presented 34 graduates with start-up tools. These beneficiaries have successfully acquired vocational skills in fields such as welding and fabrication, fashion and design, catering and hotel management, car mechanics, mechanical and electrical engineering, hairdressing and beautification. .

Recipients of WAPCo scholarships at the tertiary level pursue programs in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, law, social sciences, actuarial sciences and mathematics. Former scholars have completed their undergraduate programs.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, WAPCo’s Chief Corporate Officer, Dr. Isaac Adjei Doku, said that through the program, the company contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8 of the United Nations, namely Quality Education and Decent Work and Economic Growth, respectively.

Shama & Thema

According to Dr. Isaac Adjei Doku, this year the company provided scholarships to 56 students from host communities. Forty of the winners come from Aboadze, Abuesi, Dwomo, Lower Inchaban and Shama-town, all located in Shama district.

“From the outset of the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP), we set out to contribute to development by investing in programs that will have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of members of the WAGP community,” he said. he declares.

WAPCo introduces startup tools and scholarships to students in host communities

Dr. Doku explained that WAPCo’s past decisions have focused on improving access to education for school children in the company’s area of ​​operation, especially children from low-income households.

He said that after extensive consultations with the stakeholder communities over a decade, the company introduced the Livelihood Support Program with two components, namely the scholarship program and an enterprise program. community for young people.

He said, “We have so far supported a total of 503 students in Ghana through our program, including 395 students under the general scholarship program and 108 students under the acquisition program. skills.

Investments

WAPCo has so far invested approximately GH¢5.6 million in its livelihood program in Ghana, and over GH¢4 million in the scholarship, including approximately GH¢1.5 million in the acquisition program of skills.

This academic year alone, he said, WAPCo has disbursed more than half a million cedis in scholarships for selected students in the five communities, in addition to around GH¢180,000 for the purchase of tools given to CYES graduates.

He expressed hope that the skills and scholarship programs would help set the beneficiaries on the path to achieving their educational goals and dreams.

WAPCo introduces startup tools and scholarships to students in host communities

He urged grantees to make good use of the tools and students to work hard to justify their inclusion, saying, “We expect you to work hard and develop attitudes and values ​​that not only would accompany you throughout throughout your education, but more importantly, lead you on the path to success”.

Shama District General Manager Ebenezer Dadzie praised the company for its continued support of young people to learn skills, as well as supporting them with start-up tools and a scholarship scheme.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Emmanuel Nelson Tawiah, Scholar, expressed his gratitude to the company for granting them the scholarship to offer various programs at the tertiary level.

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