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The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has granted a four-year fully-paid educational sponsorship package to Ms. Regina Akomah, a poor but brilliant visually-impaired student to enable her pursue her dream of acquiring tertiary education.
Having missed an earlier opportunity due to financial difficulties, Ms. Akomah gained admission for the second time to study for a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) degree at the University of Education, Winneba beginning the 2017/18 academic year.
The Managing Director of the Bank, Dr. John Kofi Mensah in a brief remark said that upon receipt of the sponsorship request from Ms. Akomah, the Bank made further checks on her background and was very impressed with her academic records to date – thus the decision to give her a full sponsorship for the entire duration of her course.
This would make the assistance more meaningful to Ms. Akomah and impactful to the society at large.
The sponsorship package includes full tuition and hostel fees to be paid at the beginning of each year for four years beginning from the 2017/2018 academic year.
Ms. Regina Akomah was full of appreciation for the management of ADB for the surprise package.
“I was hesitant to make a request for a four-year sponsorship because most institutions wouldn’t want to carry such a burden on their finances but ADB out of their benevolence decided to make my dream of having tertiary education a reality,” she said.
According to Dr. Mensah, the Bank has over the years sponsored several programmes and projects in the areas of health, education, agriculture and tourism.
“We continue to be the major sponsor of a three-bedroom house to the National Best Farmer every year as well as our sponsorships of key national events all in our quest to give back to the society we operate in,” he said.
The corporate social responsibility initiatives of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) Limited include the promotion of agriculture, tourism, provision of quality education for the less-privileged and establishment of good health facilities in deprived areas.