Tullow Ghana Limited has awarded scholarships to 41 beneficiaries in Ghana to pursue postgraduate courses abroad in the 2015/16 academic year.

They will study in areas such as the environment, technology, communication and oil-related fields in various institutions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France to build their capacities to contribute effectively to national development.

At an event to honour the award winners in Accra, the Managing Director of TGL, Mr Charles Darku, underscored the need for them to strive for excellence.

Partnership with government

He said TGL was committed to partnering the government to develop the country’s human resource base and in pursuance of that goal, the company ensured that 41 of the 74 beneficiaries of the scholarship package for Africa, for the 2015/16 academic year, were from Ghana.

He announced that the scholarships awarded this year brought the total number of beneficiaries of the scheme from Ghana to 174, since Tullow started the scholarship scheme five years ago.

Mr Darku added that the company had an annual budgetary allocation of $2.7 million for beneficiaries from Ghana, saying: “We in Tullow believe that Ghana has a bright future in the oil sector. It is for this reason that we are spending this amount to train the beneficiaries abroad, so that they would return and turn things around.”

He revealed that a pre-tertiary scheme had been introduced to benefit 10 students in the Western Region where the oil field is located.

The MD said beneficiaries of the pre-tertiary scheme received bursaries to attend the Jubilee Technical Training Centre (JTTC) in Takoradi to be equipped with fundamental skills that would help them to respond to the demands of their environment.

Capacity building

The Director of Petroleum of Tullow Ghana Limited, Mr Lawrence Apaase, said there was the need to build the capacities of people in the country, across all sectors of the economy and the best way to do that was through building a robust oil sector and training the right human resource.

A Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in charge of Tertiary Education, Mrs Wilhemina Asamoah, stressed the need for related agencies to collaborate with Tullow Ghana to expand the scholarship scheme to cover other areas, in support of national development.

Daily Graphic