The Students Financial Aid Office (SFAO) has received an amount of GH¢10,000.00 (Ten thousand Ghana cedis) from Latex Foam and Rubber Products Limited in a short ceremony. The donation is to be disbursed on a 60/40 ratio of physically challenged to regular students respectively. This is the second time the company has made such a donation. Last year, the company made a similar donation to support and encourage brilliant and needy students.
Presenting the cheque to the University, the Public Relations Officer of Latex Foam Rubber Products Limited, Ms. Gifty Asare Ekeocha said the management of Latex Foam Rubber Products Limited was committed to supporting education as they believed that there is no substitute for education. She noted that her company was elated about last year’s internship programme undertaken by University of Ghana students as through this, the relationship between Latex Foam Rubber Products and the University was further enhanced.
The Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs, Professor Samuel K. Offei who received the donation on behalf of the University, thanked the donors for their continuous support. He said the university appreciates the fact that the effort is geared towards brilliant and needy students since this will enhance their performance. He noted that even though the university receives support from government, this is inadequate. He therefore called on other organizations and all stakeholders to make conscious efforts towards supporting such students as a way of training manpower for the development of the nation.
In brief remarks, the Director of Public Affairs, the University, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa reiterated the sentiments expressed by Prof. Offei, and lauded Latex Foam for earmarking support to physically challenged students. She said it was important to recognize that there are vulnerable groups in every community, but more charitable to work to change their lot. She commended Latex Foam for “creating an additional corridor” in the student financial aid programme, by taking on board students for internships during the vacation period. She was hopeful that the existing relationship would further result in mutual benefit for the University and Latex Foam.
The Director of Public Affairs also used the occasion to present copies of the last issue of Campus Update, in which the company’s previous donation was captured to Ms. Ekeocha.
The Head of the SFAO, Mrs. Christine Baning thanked the donors for their kind gesture which she said will go a long way to boost academic life of the beneficiaries.