The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) has provided scholarship to one hundred and forty-two students to enable them pursue their education at the tertiary level.

The scholarship recipients are from five communities in the Shama District of the Western Region and two communities in the Greater Accra Region.  One hundred and four of the beneficiaries are from the Shama District (Aboadze, Abuesi, Dwomo, Lower Inchaban and Shama communities), while the rest are from Tema Manhean and Kpone. The seven communities are the company’s host communities in Ghana.

The beneficiary students are pursuing courses in medicine, pharmacy, engineering, law, social sciences, actuarial science and mathematics among others.

At a ceremony in Shama to formally present the awards to the one hundred and four students and introduce them to the local authorities and community leaders, the General Manager Corporate Affairs of WAPCo, Dr. Isaac Adjei Doku, said WAPCo was delighted to contribute to the development of the youth in these communities. Over the past 9 years, the company has invested more than ¢4 million in its scholarship and skills acquisition programme in Ghana.

  “We believe that in the not distant future, our host communities will have a number of professionals who would contribute to the development of their communities”, Dr. Doku said.

  He said WAPCo is investing in the communities in which it operates, because the company believes that through such initiatives it could contribute to the development of these communities.

WAPCo’s scholarship programme is for young persons from the communities, who wish to pursue further studies at the tertiary level while the skills acquisition programme is for young persons who wish to undertake vocational and technical education. The company has since the inception of the programme provided scholarship to 447 students made up of 339 students under the mainstream Scholarship Scheme and 108 students under the skills acquisition programme.  WAPCo is delighted to note the significant progress a number of the former beneficiaries are making in their communities because of their participation in the programme.