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12.09.2004 General News

NETFUND to award scholarships to 100 students

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Kumasi, Sept. 12, GNA - The Northern Ghana Education Trust Fund (NETFUND), will this year award scholarships to one hundred students to enable them pursue the Senior Secondary School (SSS) programme. Colonel G. L. Bayorbor (RTD), Vice Chairman of the NETFUND, who announced this said the ceremony for award of the scholarships by NETFUND this year to the students would take place at Bolgatanga in the Upper-East region.

He said last year, the NETFUND granted similar scholarships but to only 50 students for their educational pursuits, in the SSS. Colonel Bayorbor made the announcement at the launching of the Lawra Traditional Area Education Fund by the Kumasi and Obuasi branches of the Lawra Area Youth Development Association (LAYDA) in Kumasi on Saturday.

The launching was under the theme: "Education- key to development". Colonel Bayorbor said, " in addition a number of students in tertiary institutions also benefited from the NETFUND grants on humanitarian grounds".

He was not happy that lip service had been paid to development of education in Northern Ghana for far too long, stressing, "this is why we are where we are today, far behind the rest of the nation."

Colonel Bayorbor said time had now come for all to mobilise and pool resources to be injected into the educational sector in the north to help properly develop it.

Mr. Thomas Baaune, Chairman of the Kumasi Branch of the LAYDA, noted that education was the surest guarantee to human development and growth of all facets of society and for that matter no amount of investment should be considered too much.

Mr. Baaune commended the Lawra Traditional Area and the National Executive Committee of the LAYDA for perceiving it prudent to initiate the Lawra Traditional Area Education Fund.

He observed that the Lawra area had for generations depended so much on Government for financing its education and that it was now time the citizens also complemented such efforts since Government alone can no longer shoulder such a responsibility.

An initial amount of 15.9 million cedis was mobilised at the launching into the Educational fund, out of a target of 30 million cedis. Sept. 12 04