Ten final-year students at the Ghana School of Law at Makola, have received scholarships from the Lebanese Community in Ghana for the 2021/22 academic year.
The 10 include Emmanuel Dei-Tumi Jnr, Emmeline Ziwu, Prosper Batariwah, Adwoa Serwaa Asamoah, Benjamin, Bentsi-Enchill, Codjoe Ezekiel, Akotigah Sylvanus, Clement Ocran-Biney, Abena Fosua Nyameye Korankye and Danielle Karikari-Darko.
In his address, the Lebanese Ambassador, Maher Kheir, noted that Ghana’s stable democracy is primarily hinged on its strong rule of law.
This he says, has made the country a shining example on the international stage and boosted socio-economic development.
“Ghana’s legal system is the foundation for its rule of law. From 1992 till now, Ghana’s stable democracy has thrived because of the selfless work of legal professionals like judges, lawyers among others,” he said.
Furthermore, he urged the beneficiaries to use their education to serve the interest of society rather than themselves.
“As our world becomes smaller, many people whose voices cannot be heard, continue to suffer at the hands of powerful men, institutions and nations. It is our hope that this scholarship will cushion you to be the voice of the voiceless and bridge the gap,” he noted`.
Director of the School of Law, Makola, Mr Yaw Oppong lauded the Ambassador and the Lebanese Community for the gesture especially their consistency in sponsoring students from the institution.
“We are very grateful for this sponsorship given to our students. It is very timely and we don’t take it for granted,” he said.
The scholarship, he noted, will cushion the students and their families while giving them the space to adequately concentrate on their studies.
One of the beneficiaries Emmanuel De-Tumi thanked the Ambassador and the Community for the generous gesture and promised that the students will honour the confidence reposed in them.
“Over the past five years we have enjoyed the consistent support of the Lebanese Community through this scholarship. Indeed it has been very helpful and we’re truly grateful.
“I want to assure His Excellency that we will not disappoint you. We’ll work hard to be successful in our academics and profession to make the community proud,” he stated.
Since 2013, the Lebanese Scholarship Program assisted around 300 Ghanaian students in media and law disciplines covering the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana.
Under the leadership of Mr Maher Kheir, students at the School of Languages and the School of Performing Arts both at the University of Ghana were added to the scheme in 2020.