Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday led a high-powered state delegation, including service commanders and several cabinet Ministers to handover prizes to winners of the 2014 MILO-sponsored ‘President’s Independence Day Award’.
At a ceremony held at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, the Ghanaian President commended Nestlé for consistently sponsoring the event, and was hopeful that the honors will have positive influence on the lives of the students, instigating in them a sense of discipline and hard work.
“Let me also acknowledge our sponsors, especially our headline sponsor Nestlé, for continuing over the years to be the major sponsor of this very, very useful award”, the Ghanaian President added.
Nestlé MILO has been the lead sponsor of the prestigious Ghanaian national award for the past 11 years, keeping a tradition of a strong commitment to education delivery and sports development at the basic level in Ghana.
This year, Nestlé Ghana is offering the 20 winners a prize package of 600 Ghs (235 USD) each, as well as Samsung tablets, crystal plaques and one year supply of Nestlé products.
President Mahama assisted by the Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang; Country Manager for Nestlé Ghana, Moataz El Hout; and the acting Director-General of Education, Charles Aheto-Tsegah presented the awards to the winners.
Council of State Chairperson, Cecilia Johnson, led the pack of state functionaries that included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh, the Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah and the Minister of Information, Mahama Ayariga, as well as traditional rulers, education policy makers and members of the diplomatic corps.
Other dignitaries present were the Chief of Staff, Prosper Douglas Bani; the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Matthew Quarshie; the Chief of Air Force Staff, Air Vice-Marshall Samson-Oje; the Director-General of Ghana Prisons, Matilda Baffour Awuah and the Director of Immigrations, Dr Peter Wiredu.
The Nestlé team included Daniel Yapobi, Executive Business Manager for Beverages in Central and West Africa; Antoinette Arkoh, Human Resources Manager for Ghana and Camara Ansoumane, Country Controller for Ghana.
The awards were instituted in 1993 to offer scholarships to deserving Ghanaian Basic Education Certificate Examination graduands and they are offered to twenty students from the 10 administrative regions of Ghana, comprising 10 girls and 10 boys.
The award ceremony often coincides with Ghana’s Independence Day celebrations, the climax which falls on March 6.
“Nestlé sponsors the awards because the company believes that education is a powerful medium through which we can develop these young ones to become meaningful participants in our society”, said Moataz El Hout, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana:
“MILO has maintained its commitment to Education, Youth and Sports development in Ghana over the years because the company shares similar passion to the welfare of ‘Future Champions’ of Ghana as that of the people of Ghana. And that’s why our commitment has been for the long-term”, added Mr El Hout.
The Inter-Schools Sports Festivals
The company also sponsors the Accra MILO Marathon, the MILO African Championships, the Inter-School Sports Festivals and other partnership events organized in conjunction with government, as well as civil society groups.
Altogether, these initiatives serve as comprehensive sporting activities contributing to unearthing talents for the Junior and Senior National teams.