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03.11.2004 Regional News

SDA organises workshop for national service personnel

By GNA

Accra, Nov. 3, GNA - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) of the Seventh Day Adventist has organised a workshop for 28 new university graduates who would undertake their National Service with the Agency.

The workshop was to provide them with skills that would make them committed to serve the country better.

The students were selected from five of the country's universities - the Universities of Ghana Legon, Cape Coast, Development Studies, Valley View and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Pastor Joe A. Hagan, Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty of SDA, said in an interview with the GNA on Wednesday that the workshop was the first of its kind to be organised for National Service Volunteers who would be posted to all the regions to work on ADRA projects.

He said the graduates who majored in Agriculture and Natural Resource, Banking and Financial Accounting, Social Science, Health and Nutrition and Communication Studies were taken through topics that would give the sense of responsibility and satisfaction to render their services to the state.

Pastor Hagan said there was the need to share their experiences with the communities that they serve and provide the best services adding, "knowledge is useful only when it was used to benefit society". He said ADRA operates in 13 areas in all the regions and depends on teamwork to attain objectives hence the need to train the graduates to cope with the challenges of practicing their career.

Pastor Hagan said ADRA had a problem of maintaining regular source of funding and urged those who benefited from the programme to make good use of it.

Resource persons included Mrs Florence Ntim, Director of Human Resources, Mr Gabriel Dankyi, Research and Development Officer and Mr Isaac Awuku, coordinator.

ADRA was established in 1985 and offers development assistance to about 30,000 rural farmers without regard to their ethnic, cultural and religious background.

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