Beneficiaries of CMB scholarship scheme urged to support Free SHS

Gomoa-Pomadze (C/R)� Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi V, the Chief of Gomoa Pomadze has called on beneficiaries of the defunct Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board Scholarship to voluntarily provide financial and material support to the Free Senior High School programme.

He said they would serve as a payback time to help to complement the government’s efforts in achieving the set goals of the programme instituted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi, who is also the Guantoahene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area made the call when Nana Kojo Iddan IX, the new Odikro of Gomoa Jukwa, near Ekwamkrom and his elders paid a visit to him at Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region.

The visit was for the stool elders to officially introduce Nana Iddan to the Pomadzehene to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two-sister Gomoa towns.

Nana Iddan is known in private life as Mr David Aggrey and one of the hardworking professional teachers currently at the Gomoa Asebu/Pomadze District Assembly Junior High School in the Central Region.

Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi said the beneficiary persons of the scholarship could also provide useful ideas and suggestions for the smooth running of the Free SHS policy.

He urged the well-to-do in the country whose children were benefiting from the policy to come together and arrange some financial package to assist the government in funding the education system.

He expressed worry about the way some personalities who benefitted from the Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) scholarship were opposing the free education policy.

The CMB scholarship scheme was established by the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah in the first republican administration with funds derived from the toil and sweat of poor cocoa farmers in the country, the Chief said.

He said: I feel sad that brilliant children of thousands of cocoa farmers who tirelessly made meaningful contributions to sustain this excellent scheme were woefully denied support from the scholarship scheme because it was allegedly hijacked by people with powerful political influence at that time.

Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi said through the CMB scholarship, a large number of school-going children whose parents were not cocoa farmers, but had powerful relatives in high position in government were able to go through their educational programmes to the university level and were now enjoying better living standards in the society.

I am therefore appealing to all wealthy Ghanaians who have once benefited from the free education system initiated by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s administration with funds from the defunct Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board’s Scholarship Scheme to strive as much as they can to reciprocate this laudable gesture, he said.

The Guantoahene said this was the best time the recipients of the CMB scholarship to show their nationalism, patriotism and the love for the country by supporting the upcoming generations.

He called on the citizenry to contribute to the success of the Free SHS programme to enhance national development.

Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi advised parents and guardians in the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area to shun any native idea about the free education policy and should encourage their children to attend school to become useful citizens in future.

He urged Nana Iddan, the new Chief of Jukwa, who he described as a hard-working teacher and a friend, to strive hard to live up to expectation by exercising great restraints in dealing with the people to sustain the trust and confidence reposed in him.

He asked the chief to respect his stool elders and opinion leaders for him to continue enjoying their cooperation and support to facilitate the implementation of self-help projects to facelift Gomoa-Jukwa.

Nana Iddan expressed gratitude to the Guantoahene for his useful advice and assured that they would be put into good use to improve the administration of chieftaincy in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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