Mr. Asenso-Boakye (second from right) in a photo with CBC leaders. Sitting to his right is CBC President Wonder Victor Kutor
Works and Housing Minister Francis Asenso-Boakye took some executive members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law by surprise when he issued an instant check to support a scholarship fund that was instituted by the student body. .
The leaders of the SRC, delighted with the gesture, visited him to officially present him with a letter asking for his help with the fund.
The fund was set up to help less endowed students pay their tuition fees.
But the minister, who immediately signed a check for an undisclosed amount after hearing why they were there, said he was a recipient of a scholarship.
He said the scholarship enabled him to do his masters in the United States, which is why he sees the need to immediately answer the call.
For him, poverty should not be a barrier to education, indicating that such a scholarship initiative is needed to make financially weak people realize their dreams by getting an education.
âSo many years ago, I saw an advertisement in the Peoples’ Graphic by Rotary and applied, but I was wondering how a village boy like me can be chosen from among the many Ghanaians, but luckily, I was chosen and went to do my master’s degree, âhe recalled.
According to him, the situation where law school students struggle to pay tuition fees is surprising considering that it does not take too much to complete all the components of the fees.
Mr. Asenso-Boakye, who made a number of promises to CBC executives, further promised to work with the Ministry of Finance to open law school admissions by helping the CBC to build a complex which, between others, will provide housing for students and fill the infrastructure gap on campus.
The minister, who is also a member of parliament for Bantamaa in the Ashanti region, has agreed to give a talk on a topic around the new law on rent control which is in view at a public conference scheduled by the SRC in November.
For his part, the Chairman of the Student Representative Council of the Ghana School of Law, Wonder Victor Kutor who led the delegation presented the criteria that will be used to award the scholarship to the students.
He said it would be a very transparent process with potential beneficiaries who would have to apply online.
He told the minister that his constituency has been selected to benefit from an awareness program that will be launched by students in which he will be rewarded for his contribution to the CBC.
RSC Welfare Committee Head Freda Antwi, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked the Minister for being among the first to donate to the scholarship fund.
Previously, the SRC delegation, which included organizing secretary George Alan Dodoo, had appealed to the former general manager of the Tema oil refinery. Kwame Awuah Darko at his residence.
The visit was attended by the head of the communications committee, Juliet Butunguh, and the head of scholarship and sponsorship initiatives, Patrick Danso Okrah.
The delegation was also made up of the head of the welfare committee, Freda Anti and the executive assistant to the president of the SRC, Kathleen Ohemaa Agyei-Larbi.
The former TOR boss who also ran Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) at one point urged CBC leaders to transform the student body by making it better than where they took it from.
He further advised other members of the executive to firmly support their president, explaining that this is the surest way to achieve the goal set as leaders.
For his part, he also pledged to contribute to the scholarship fund by making his donation available next week.