Ghana awards scholarship to 40 students from deprive communities to study medicine in Cuba
London, Feb. 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)– Forty students from various deprived communities in the West African state of Ghana have been granted full scholarship by their government to study medicine in Cuba
Ahead of their departure to Cuba this month to begin their studies, the entire 40 medical students, drawn from various deprived communities across all regions in the country, were introduced to the Chief Imam, the Council of Zongo Chiefs, as well as representatives of the various Islamic sects in the country during the ceremony held at the Office of the National Chief Imam in Accra.
Speaking at the ceremony on Monday, Minister of State at the Office of the Vice President, Hon. Abubakar Sadique Boniface said the special scholarship scheme, is part of the Akufo-Addo government’s policy to develop human capital in deprived communities through education and training.
Boniface said one of the most important reasons why the government of President Akufo-Addo established the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development is to ensure social development in the Zongos and inner cities, especially in the area of education.
Boniface added that the decision to grant scholarship to 40 students from these communities to study medicine in Cuba, is an important statement of intent on the part of the government and an attestation of the government’s commitment to keep its promises.
“Today it is known and everyone can attest to the fact that the government made a promise and it has fulfilled the promise,” Hon. Boniface said.
“Sending 40 students to Cuba to study medicine is further testament to the fact that this government is a government which fulfils its promises.”
The Head of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang noted that the selection process to determine the final 40 students to benefit from the scholarship was done under stringent process which ensured the best from across the country were chosen.
He, therefore, urged the students not to play with the opportunity the nation has offered them.
“You are the best we chose from many other qualified students, so don’t disappoint the nation,” he adviced the students.
Vice President Bawumia brokered the deal with the Cuban Government during his state visit there last year for 40 Ghanaian students from Zongo Communities to benefit from government scholarships to study medicine in Cuba