October 11, 2017
The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has granted four years fully-paid educational sponsorship to Ms. Regina Akomah, a needy but brilliant visually-impaired lady, 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, said upon receipt of the sponsorship letter from the Ms. Akomah requesting for payment of her admission fees for the first year, the bank made further checks on her background and was very impressed with her academic record to date – thus the decision to give her a full sponsorship for the entire duration of her course.
This will 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 the 2017/2018 academic year.
Ms. Akomah was fulsome in her praise and appreciation to management of the bank for the surprise package of full sponsorship for four years instead of her humble request for just a year.
“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.
Apart from the sponsorship of agriculture-related activities, the bank’s corporate social responsibility programmes include the promotion of tourism, provision of quality education for the less privileged, and good health facilities in deprived areas.