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Provide direction, mobilize funds for HSAS – Akufo-Addo charges board of trustees

Members of the HSAS board of trustees at their swearing in ceremony

President Akufo-Addo has charged the newly constituted board of trustees of the Head of State Award Scheme (HSAS) to ensure that it gives proper direction to the Scheme as well as mobilize adequate resources to ensure the smooth operation of the award scheme.

Akufo-Addo gave the new board of trustees the charge after he swore them into office at a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House today, Friday 11 August 2023.

“As trustees, you are to provide direction for the operationalization of the award programme, reach out to more young people with this positive programme, and maintain public confidence in the scheme,” President Akufo-Addo remarked.

President Akufo-Addo addressing the HSAS board of trustees at the Jubilee House

“You are also responsible for the mobilization of the needed resources and funds to sustain and grow the award scheme to attract more young Ghanaians,” Akufo-Addo further remarked.

Award house

On the ongoing construction of the award house in Accra, President Akufo-Addo noted that the new board having assumed office, has a duty to make sure that the project which is the first of its kind on the continent and beyond, is completed and out to full use by the award scheme.

“As some of you may know, the Secretariat is constructing an award house, the first of its kind in the award community globally. You are also required as trustees to see to its completion,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Patron’s support

In his address, President Akufo-Addo assured the board of trustees of his government’s support, especially in the area of their finances, in order to position the award scheme to attract more young people.

“You can, however, be assured that the government of your chief patron, that is, myself in case anyone does not know it, will continue to support the scheme to help create avenues that will enable our youth to explore, be Innovative and use creative ways to solving societal problems to ensure the development of this nation.

President Akufo-Addo in a group picture with the HSAS board of trustees

“Government will continue to provide adequate financial resources to enable the scheme to reach out to more young people in the country” President Akufo-Addo noted.

Committed to the cause

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Harry Sintim Aboagye, on behalf of his colleague board members, assured the President that they will work to the best of their abilities and trust God to enable them exceed the expectations of the President.

“The awards scheme is a fantastic programme, carefully designed to empower young people, giving them the opportunity to surmount the myriad of challenges life may throw at them,” Mr Harry Sintim Aboagye said.

“By encouraging young people to learn new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their communities and discover a sense of adventure outside the classroom, the awards scheme helps them to unlock their potential.

“As trustees, we are committed to this cause for the future sustenance of our country,” the HSAS board chairman, Mr Sintim Aboagye, added.

The trustees

The board of trustees is made up of its chairman, Mr Harry Sintim Aboagye. Other members are Mrs Gladys Amoah, the vice chairperson, and Mr Kwadwo Addeah-Safo, secretary to the board.

The rest of the trustees are Mr Daniel A. Adotey, Hajia Muniratu Lamptey, Ms Juliet Yayra Tengeh, Ohenewaa Sakyi Bekoe, Pius Hadzide, CEO of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Peter Anum, Executive Director of HSAS, and Mrs Gifty Sakyi Bewusu.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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