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Female Students to Enjoy Scholarship

2007-09-06 14:50:56
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About 50 female students in the Savelugu-Nanton District are to benefit from a scholarship package from Dolan-Ayana Farms, a company operating in the district.

Alhaji Ayana Yakubu, Managing Director of the company, who announced this indicated that it was part of his company’s efforts to promote girl child education in the area.

He made this known to the Times Education in an interview last Wednesday, on his Farmlands at Kpong in the Savelugu-Nantong District, during an inspection tour by the Managing Director and Board of Directors of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB).

He said a lot of young girls of school going age were out of school as a result of poverty, which increases the exodus of young girls from the area down south to engage themselves in the Kayaaye business.

According to him, he has engaged over two hundred people, particularly young girls in the district as a measure to reduce poverty among the youth that contributes to school drop out in the area.

Alhaji Ayana disclosed that plans were far advanced by the company to establish a vocational school in the area to equip the youth with employable skills.

"The vocational school would engage the youth with the training of sewing, sheabutter extraction, batik-tie and dye making," he maintained.

Alhaji Ayana stated that the company was also engaged in environmental protection and the provision of social services such as the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

"The company is protecting river bodies in its catchment area by planting trees along the Black Volta in Nabugu as a means of ensuring its protection," he said.

The Managing Director of ADB, Mr Edward Boakye-Agyemang, disclosed that the bank would considerably increase its, loan portfolio to farmers all over the country to meet its vision.

"Agricultural Development Bank invests monies into the agricultural sector than any sector of the economy because that is its vision," he explained.

According to the Managing Director, the bank has entered into a long term partnership with OLAM Ghana to boost their support to local farmers who are into the cultivation of sheanut, cotton and mango plantations.

Mr Paul Koranteng, Board Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank, assured farmers that whatever government decides on the fate of ADB, the bank would still assist farmers in the three northern regions to expand their plantations.

Mr Koranteng disclosed further that the bank would among other things provide at least 500-100 farmers in the area with irrigation and other farm inputs needed to turn their farms into model ones.


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