By Cecil Mensah
Finatrade Foundation, the Social Corporate Responsibility unit of the leading agricultural promotion company in the tertiary institution, Finatrade Group of Companies, has tasked the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme of the company to begin to set up companies in the Agricultural business sector of the economy.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to be game changers in the society and avoid the get rich quick syndrome, because a “a good name is better than riches”
He called on the beneficiaries to take initiatives of their own and avoid waiting to be employed after acquiring a first degree in agriculture.
According to the management, the foundation was willing to support initiatives in the sector, beside the transfer of knowledge in the teaching sector.
Speaking at the induction ceremony of beneficiaries at the University of Ghana’s Faculty of Agriculture in Accra, Mr John Awuni, Executive Secretary of Finatrade Foundation, said starting this academic year, the number of beneficiaries have been increased from five to twenty five, totaling one hundred students in all.
According to him, twenty five students are in four universities namely, University of Ghana (UG), University of Development Studies (UDS), Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST) and University of Cape Cast (UCC).
He said, since the year 2003, a total of two hundred twenty three (223) students have benefited from the undergraduate programmes from the four traditional universities.
He said twelve students, have also benefited from the post graduate programme, which also started in 2010.
He said the foundation has increased the seed money and come next semester, beneficiaries would be given a bursary of one thousand Cedis, instead of the eight hundred Cedis.
He expressed worry over fallen standards in grades of beneficiaries this semester.
He said, last semester KNUST made one First Class and four Second Class Upper Division, UDS five Second Class Upper Division, UG one First Class, three Second Class Upper Division, one Second Class Lower and UCC five Second Class Upper Division.
On his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in UG, Prof John Ofori Anim, said the grade fell this semester , because the university changed its grading system.
He appealed to beneficiaries to write proposals for agric –business, since their lecturers are available to assist them.