Kumasi — PERSEUS MINING Company Limited, a mining firm based in Anyanfuri, in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region, has offered educational scholarships worth thousands of Ghana cedis to 50 students to pursue various skills and development programmes at the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI).
The beneficiaries, who were selected from within the catchment areas of the mining firm, include 31 males and 19 females, who have gained admissions to pursue four year courses in vocational and technical training in Kumasi.
It brings to 90, the number of youth, who have received support from the mining firm over the past two years, including that of 40 students who also benefited from the company's largesse in 2011.
The educational scholarship also forms part of the company's effort at developing the human resource capacity of youth in the community and to enable them realize their potentials so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of the community.
Amongst the courses that the beneficiaries would be pursuing in the four year programme include Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Diesel and Heavy Duty Mechanics, Welding and Fabrication, Plumbing and Gas and Electrical installation, amongst others.
Speaking at a short presentation ceremony to hand over the admission letters to the beneficiaries, the General Manager of Perseus Mining Company Limited, Mr. Wayne Nicolletto said it was the company's firm belief that one major and key area to developing local economies was to develop the human capital.
He said the company had instituted a number of scholarships and training programmes that will help the youth to acquire the needed job skills to ensure their future prospects.
Mr. Nicolletto indicated that during last academic year, Perseus Mining Ghana spent a total of GHc40, 800.00 on 40 students and added that for this year's batch, an amount of GHÂÂ¢48,017.00 as tuition and other user fees for the 50 beneficiaries would be expended.
He said beside this programme, the company had instituted a new scholarship scheme for students within the Perseus Edikan catchment communities to further their education at the advanced level, whilst a 6-month apprenticeship program is to be launched soon to train 120 youth in masonry, carpentry, electrical installation and plumbing.
Mr. Stephen Okrah, the Metro Coordinating Director in Upper West Denkyira, commended the mining firm for their contribution to development of the area and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity accorded them.