Archive | January 2015

About the Tullow Scholarship Scheme

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) aims to build capacity in areas where Tullow’s host countries experience significant skills gaps, especially, but not exclusively, around these countries’ oil and gas industries. It is aligned with Tullow’s aim of supporting long-term socio-economic development in countries where it operates.

The Tullow Group Scholarships are vocational, technical and postgraduate scholarships available to individuals in Tullow’s operating countries in Africa and South America, and are entirely managed by British Council.

Scholarships are available to those who are committed to making a contribution to their country’s development. The Scheme gives candidates a chance to receive a high standard of education from locally and internationally recognised institutions, which can then be applied in the scholar’s home country.

The TGSS sponsors candidates from various educational backgrounds through the following programmes:

The participating countries and the types of award are as follows:

#Ethiopia #Ghana #Guyana #Ivory Coast #Kenya #Mauritania #Suriname #Uganda #Uruguay.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for an International Postgraduate Scholarship (Masters and Postgraduate diploma), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen and be legally resident in participating country (Preference will be given to candidates that are ordinarily resident in Tullow’s operational areas and in the country of application);
  • Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree or Licence Professionnelle (second class lower or better) or an HND (second class upper or better);
  • Have a track record of success in their field of endeavour including but not limited to work experience in the area linked to their chosen course. Applicants from Tullow’s operational areas
  • Must not previously studied abroad or received an international scholarship
  • Must have ambition, a strong personality, entrepreneurial and creative spirit and leadership skills;
  • Must demonstrate commitment to return to country and contribute to the future development of the country;
  • Must demonstrate a high level of competence in management, strategy and the ability to train and develop others.


  • An active personal email address
  • Original/certified academic transcripts and certificates (and translations where relevant)
  • Up-to-date information regarding employment background
  • Details and letters from two (2) referees (professional or academic)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
  • Valid Passport
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Proof of Residency
  • Personal Statement (Note that a strong personal statement can set you apart from other applicants)



Ghana to test Ebola vaccine in Kintampo


Ghana is scheduled to begin a trial of an Ebola vaccine by the end of this month.

The Ebola vaccine trials will be carried out in Hohoe and Kintampo.

According to the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Professor Fred Binka, the trials will inform scientists on effective results regarding the Ebola vaccine.

This forms part of preparations towards any case detection in Ghana, he told Radio Ghana. The trial has the full backing of the World Health Organisation.

Meanwhile, Liberia, which is one of the West African countries ravaged by the disease has began a trial of a potential drug to treat Ebola.

The antiviral – brincidofovir – is being tested on Ebola patients on a voluntary basis. People who do not consent to it receive standard care.

Oxford University scientists leading the research say initial results are expected in the next few months. A study involving a similar drug – favipiravir – began in Guinea in December.



Residents of Axim last week staged a massive demonstration against the Nzema East Municipal Assembly, the Member of Parliament of the area and President John Dramani Mahama over their neglect towards the poor roads in the Axim Township and other roads connecting to nearby towns and villages as well as their unconcerned towards calls for the building of Sea Defense to protect Axim from the ongoing devastating sea erosion.

10409718_10205230533338427_5737072631896427172_nThe protesters used coconut trunks to block some sections of the roads to spell out their anger toward the total neglect of Axim with regards to developments by successive government upon governments.

10888678_10205230475576983_7328538065713005098_nThe demonstrators, wearing red bands and red heard scarfs, started the demonstration in the early morning which saw commercial transport operators joining to voice out their displeasure at authorities.

10897942_10205230501417629_3021941074702997259_nIn a petition issued by the youth of the area, organisers of the demonstration Axim Youth Alliance, they noted that the poor and deteriorated roads had contributed to the collapse of many businesses in the area rendering hundreds of people jobless.

They called on government to look for funds to construct a sea defense wall along the coastal line of Axim which has come under threat by a devastating sea erosion minutes by minutes the devastation worsens.

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Already Hundreds of metres of land have been sub-merged and it could be observed that if the remaining land, which is a little bit above sea level is washed away, in a matter of days, the whole of Axim lands would be submerged.

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It would be recalled that it became imperative on the government to build sea defense walls in all the coastal communities, from Ketu to other coastal communities in the Volta Region, Ada in Greater Accra region and communities along the coastal belt of the Western Region including Axim, in order to guarantee the total safety of the people in those areas.

Unfortunately Axim was left out to die on its own after a successful kick-start of the Ada Sea Defense Wall and that of the Ketu Sea Defense wall the faith of Axim was left in the hands of the seas.

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Today in Axim, There is a major national disaster looming should government fail to listen to the plight of the people of Axim the worst is yet to happen.

Members of the Nzema Youth Association and other stakeholders expresses concern about the way the community has been neglected and we therefore appeal to government to help the community to avert further damages to precious properties to help improve the life of the people of Axim and Nzema as a whole.

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We urge our representatives to the seat of government to exhibit high level of leadership in addressing and finding quick lasting solutions to situations like these.

We want to emphasize that this is not just few people who are complaining, it’s the whole Nzema for that matter Western Region who are complaining.
We also believe that this is not a matter of partisan politics, these are residents who are complaining about their plight visible to all.
Photo Credit: Axim Youth Alliance

-Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

Public Relation Officer
Nzema Youth Association