The 2016 President’s Independence Day Awards took place today at the Banquet Hall, State House Accra. The programme which forms part of the 59th Independence Anniversary Celebration was on the theme : “Investing in the Youth for Ghana’s Transformation”. In all,twenty students selected from the ten regions were awarded at the event.
The Vice President Paa Akwasi Amissah Auther who stood in for H.E. John Dramani Mahama said government was committed towards investing in the youth and also providing opportunities aimed at enabling them to contribute meaningfully towards the development of the nation.
He reiterated that government has pumped a lot of resources into educational infrastructure because it recognises the need to improve education delivery in the pursuit of progress and transformation.
The President’s Independence Day Awards was instituted in 1993, to award scholarship to deserving Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduates.
Originally, ten students from each of the ten regions were awarded until the number was increased in 2001 to 20. The programme which in its 23rd year has seen more than 400 Junior High School graduates benefiting from the programme.