The Lebanese Embassy and Community in Ghana have awarded scholarsips worth twenty-four thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 24,000) to sixteen (16) law students to cover their tuition and accommodation. The awards ceremony took place at the Council Chamber on 20th November, 2015.
The annual scholarship scheme for brilliant students of the Faculty of Law, KNUST, was initiated three years ago. Eight (8) students received scholarships in the first year, and four (4) students each in the last two years.
His Excellency, Mr. Ali Halabi, stated that the Lebanese community had existed in Ghana for over a century and it was an undisputed fact that it had made immense contributions to the country with investments exceeding two billion dollars to the economy and the employment of more than two hundred and fifty thousand Ghanaians. As the ambassador, he thought it wise to spread their tentacles to the educational sector as well, by sponsoring Ghanaian students who would one day, hopefully, be drivers of the social progress of the country. He emphasised that the choice to award these scholarships to Law students was premised on the underpinnings of the profession.
He decided to celebrate 16 brilliant students from the Faculty of Law who had stood tall in their academic work. He observed that the Lebanese community in the country identified the talent in each of these students and decided to award them scholarships to spur them on to achieve greater feats. Some of these students have been able to gain hands-on experience during the long vacation internships in Law firms in Kumasi and Accra.
Mrs. Apori Nkansah, Dean of the Faculty of Law, remarked that as a Faculty they appreciated the support the students were getting as it recognized hard work and excellence. Also, the scheme had helped to build the culture of positive competition among the students in the Faculty. She stated that the Lebanese community had shown friendship and humanity by reaching out to meet the needs of some of the students. She advised the beneficiaries not to relent but continue to work hard so that they too would be able to give back to the society in future.
The students who received the scholarships were Cephas Ato Etsiakorba, George Wellington Arhin, Essuman Prince, Adjabeng Godfred, Benedict Nii-Kraku, Diikan N-yayuni Joshua, Afia Poku, Mandy Ofori Sarpong, Rockson Tabiri Boahen, Frederick Abu-Bonsrah, Lenin Nicholas Anane Agyei, Anita Osei, Araba Sika Abaidoo, Gloria Amoah, Henrietta Wontoga and Mawusi Kudu.
Anita Osei, a beneficiary, appreciated the Lebanese Ambassador and community for their support and dedication to assist them in their education. She later acknowledged the Dean and the Faculty for their indispensable role they have played in their life.
Professor Ellis, Vice-Chancellor, thanked the Lebanese community for adding value to the education of the students. He made known how unique the students are as well as the Faculty to harness such support.
Lebanese Representatives present were Adonis Halaby, Ahmed Naaman and Haidab Hawy.