To complement the effort of government in providing quality education to its citizen across the nation, a philanthropist business man known as AMIN A. SKAIKAY (TAS-STORES) in Kenema city has on Sunday 20th April 2014 dished out scholarships worth twenty million Leones (Le20million) to one hundred and seventy (170) school going children in Kenema and Kailahun districts in east of the country.
Formally presenting the scholarship to beneficiaries at TAS-Stores at 3 Hangha Road in Kenema, the Chief Executive Officer Amin A. Skaikay says his aim of the scholarship scheme is to help promote education in
the country and Kenema and Kailahun districts in the eastern region in particular by aiding his brothers and sisters in acquiring quality education, adding education is the key to success. He says this is the
third and highest set of scholarships that TAS stores is dishing out to the public.
He called on the parents and guardians to encourage their children to judiciously make use of the offer thereby giving them the necessary support that will take them through. On the other hand, Skaikay called on the beneficiaries to work hard and to obey their parents, guardians and their teachers.
He disclosed that children at Primary, Junior and Senior Secondary Schools levels in Kenema city, Segbwema and Kailahun towns in the Kailahun district are the beneficiaries, and that the scholarship cuts across children of market women, Bike Riders Union (BRU), Oilers and wheelbarrow riders, Track investors and United Belgium Association (UBA).
He assured his audience that by the grace of the Almighty God he will continue doing more for the children of Sierra Leone.
In his statement, the Mayor of Kenema City Council (KCC) Joseph Samba Keifala described Amin A. Skaikay as a patriot adding that the venture by TAS stores is great for the future of the people of Sierra Leone particularly those in the east. He appealed to beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity. He prayed to God to continue flourishing the business of Amin A. Skaikay so that he will continue to do more.
The Lebanese Committee Chairman Alhaji Alie Hassan said TAS Stores is every year adding feather to his cap in the country by sharing with his brothers and sisters what he is deriving from his business. He
called on other well meaning Sierra Leoneans, other nationals and Non Government Organizations to emulate the example of TAS stores.
The Honourable Member of Parliament representing constituency 010 Francis Kaisamba said the country will become more better when the level of illiteracy is reduced, and he therefore thanked TAS stores in moving towards that direction which he says is a laudable venture.
Talking about the agricultural aspect of TAS stores, the Internal Control System (ICS) manager Ibrahim Kalokoh of TAS stores ICS traceability department revealed that TAS stores is one of the
implementing partners for an International Non Governmental Organization Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in the eastern region. He says Sierra Leonean farmers are not inclined to agronomic practices and
therefore TAS stores observed that it is difficult for farmers to increase their yeild estimate. Ibrahim Kalokoh went on that for the first phase of implementation TAS stores has targeted two thousand
farmers covering Dama, Koya, Tunkia and Gaura chiefdoms in the Kenema, and some other chiefdoms in Kono and Kailahun districts.
He says their first task for farmers is by increasing their yeilds by supplying poly bags and seedlings to farmers in their operational chiefdoms and then monitoring the nursery establishment to ensure that the poly bags and seedling are judiciously used by farmers. He says they also transform them into a program called UTZ certification meaning good inside which is a buyer language, adding it is an international program where in farmers will develop agronomic ally, by training farmers in agronomic practices so that the farmers will know what is pruning, under brushing, waste management and farm management as well as increasing the yeild estimate.
Basically we want the farmers to improve. The sustainability of the farmers is our priority, we also provide the marketing system for them and we are not only concerned about the seed but the trees where the seeds come from.
A parent at the ceremony Fatmata Turay in her contribution thanked TAS stores for their gesture which she says is not only an indelible mark in the minds of their children but they as parents too and she assured TAS stores that they will make good use of the opportunity.
By Saffa Moriba
Tuesday April 29, 2014