The Lebanese Community in Ghana has awarded scholarships to nineteen (19) surviving children and dependents of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) who lost their lives in UNIFIL, other peacekeeping missions and in line with their duties at home.
The ceremony took place at Burma Hall on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 in Burma Camp.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa in his welcome address expressed his profound gratitude to the Lebanese Community in Ghana for their benevolent act.
The CDS noted that, these children must continue with their education and that puts significant responsibility on surviving spouses and other family members. This he added necessitated the decision by the Lebanese Community in Ghana to ease the financial burden of these families, hence the third consecutive award of financial relief package.
The Ambassador of Lebanon, His Excellency Ali Hassan Halabi in his speech acknowledged the cordial relationship between both countries.
HE Halabi noted that Ghana’s remarkable reputation as a beacon of peace and stability came with a price. He added that the awardees reminded Ghanaians of the great sacrifices of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces. “Indeed, Ghanaian men in uniform have had their fair share, not just in promoting peace and security in their motherland, but also by contributing to global peace and prosperity. This of course, has come with regrettable loss of lives in several peace keeping fields across the world,” he said.
HE Halabi hoped that, the scholarship scheme which was in its third year would be continued in order to serve as a reminder for us to honour the memories of those whose blood contributed to national and world peace.
Some of the beneficiaries of the scholarship are in Primary, Junior and Senior High Schools while others are tertiary institutions.
The CDS and the Minister of Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul each presented a gift on behalf of the GAF and the people of Ghana respectively to the Ambassador.