Aker Energy Ghana Limited which is yet to start commercial Oil production in Ghana in collaboration Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) on Wednesday August 5th 2018 awarded scholarship to One hundred and fifty (150) brilliant but needy students from the six (6) frontline coastal districts from the Western Region with the aim of assisting the beneficiaries to go through a successful senior high school despite government’s free senior high school education policy launched last year
The scholarship scheme was previously known as Hess- GNPC is now Aker Energy-GNPC scholarship, following Aker Energy’s acquisition of Hess Ghana in February, 2018. According to the two companies, the scholarship since its inception has transformed the lives of 794 students who have enrolled into senior high schools, technical and vocational institutions after a rigorous needs assessment exercise was conducted
Country Manager of Aker Energy Ghana Limited, Mr. Jan Helge Skogan addressing dignitaries, beneficiaries and family members said the company has an ambition to replicate the successes that Norway enjoyed in its oil and gas industry.
He said Aker Energy will go beyond Ghana’s Local Content regulation to share knowledge and experiences in a way that will contribute to not only achieving short-term goals but also to meet the medium and long term ambitions of Ghana’s upstream sector.
“We in Aker Energy believe that this program with its slogan ties in directly with our long term ambitions in Ghana: ‘Developing Local Talent’ he added
This year, the program has offered scholarships to a record number of students and has instituted a more comprehensive follow- up system for each individual student through the pastoral care component of the program
General Manager for Sustainability Dr. Kwame Baah Nuako said Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has received 30, 000 applications nationwide following its opening of applications for its Scholarship Program. The program which aims at transforming the lives of young people from the basic level through to the tertiary level will be selecting 600 qualified students for the scholarship this year.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, GNPC has collaborated with Aker Energy and Fuel Trade to provide scholarships to deserving Ghanaian students to enable them realize their dream of becoming great people in future.
He added that GNPC has also provided one thousand Ghanaian students with scholarships to the tertiary level. The scholarships were available to students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and further saw 300 students coming from the Western Region.
Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has donated classroom Infrastructure for some Basic and Senior High Schools in the country, career guidance and counseling program at selected public universities and capacity development for lecturers at the said universities.
Dr. Baah Nuako disclosed that GNPC is soon to introduce a vocational skills programme since there are more opportunities for vocational trainees at the oil and gas sector.