The West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd (WAPCo) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR), presented start up tools and equipment valued at GH¢ 200,000.00 to beneficiaries of its Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES).
Presentation by dignitaries to a beneficiary
The tools which included hairdryers, gas stoves and cylinders, ice chest, fashion and design machines, building construction tools among others, were presented to 55 graduants trained in vocations such as, Welding and Fabrication, Fashion and Design, Catering and Hotel Management, Auto Mechanic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Building and Construction Technology, Woodwork, Joinery and Carpentry, for over two to three years duration period.
Speaking at a ceremony held at Aboadze one of its host communities, in the Shama District of the Western Region, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of WAPCo, Mrs. Harriet Wereko-Brobby explained that one of WAPCo’s CSR efforts, which is the Community livelihood Programme, has two components – a scholarship scheme and a Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES). The CYES was created to provide young persons in host communities who have completed basic education but cannot pursue further studies due to financial constraints, the opportunity to learn a trade of their choice in recognized vocational and technical institutions in Ghana.
General Manager Corporate Affairs Mrs. Harriet Wereko – Brobby speaking at the event
Mrs. Wereko-Brobby said a total of 266 youth have gone through WAPCo’s Community Livelihood Programme since its inception in 2012. Out of the 266, there were 108 beneficiaries under Community Youth Enterprise Scheme, 73 of which have graduated with various skills and training. She said 55 out of the 108 beneficiaries were from the Aboadze area while the rest were from Tema Manhean and Kpone in the Greater Accra Region.
To date, WAPCo has spent about 2.5million cedis on the Community Livelihood Programme in Ghana, not including the cost of the start-up tools given to the graduants.
WAPCo’s scholarship scheme, on the other hand, was meant to support brilliant but needy students in host communities through the sponsorship of their Senior High school education. However, following the introduction of the Free SHS policy for Senior High Schools, the company has reviewed the scheme to support students pursuing tertiary education. For this academic year, WAPCo is proud to be supporting 36 students to pursue their university education, including some very brilliant students who were supported by the company throughout their high school education. Some of these students were present to receive duplicate copies of the fee payments made to their institutions
The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, while commending WAPCo for the gesture asked the beneficiaries to take the skills they have acquired seriously and to build on what they have learnt.
Some of the Tools presented to beneficiaries
Speaking on behalf of the District Director of Education, Mrs. Francisca Prah - Kine, the District Girl Child Education Coordinator, said the beneficiaries have acquired skills to equip them for a lifetime and they must ensure they put these skills to maximum use for the benefit of themselves and their community.
Mr. Percy Ahenakwah, Presiding Member of the Shama District Assembly, assured everyone of the Assembly’s support to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
Nana Kobina Atom II, Chief of Aboadze, said the programme was a milestone in the history of Aboadze, stating the benefits this could bring to the communities as he commended WAPCo. He also urged parents and guardians to ensure that their wards put the tools to good use.Chairman for the occasion was Nana Amakye II of Abuesi. He commended WAPCo for being a great partner in the development of Shama Traditional Area. He urged all the graduants to put the skills acquired and the tools received to good use for the benefit of the community.