Senator David Brigidi

About 50 youth from the Jomoro District of the Western region have stated that they will soon inaugurate a foundation called Friends of Saigha (FOSA) to help brilliant but needy students and provide the youth in the area with various technical and vocational skills that will make them self-employed or employable.

According to the spokesperson of the group, who is also the interim organizer of FOSA, Prince Kwame Ebulley, the area lacks university graduates and high-level technocrats because some poor parents cannot afford the cost of higher education for their children.

Ebulley said Senator David Brigidi alias Saigha, a renowned lawyer and business tycoon from Beyin in Nzema based in Nigeria and London, has over the years single-handedly sponsored a number of brilliant but needy students to attend second cycle and tertiary institutions.
He said the group discussed the issue with Senator Brigidi who had agreed to expand his philanthropic work, stressing that they would formally inaugurated (FOSA) in September 2012.
When contacted, Senator David Brigidi confirmed the issue, stressing that he would also establish a foundation in honour of his Ghanaian mother, Madam Beatrice Whyte, a retired nurse who currently lives at Beyin, his hometown, in the Jomoro District of the Western region.

Brigidi, who was a senator of Bayelsa State in Nigeria for eight years and now operates various businesses in Nigeria, London and other countries, told DAILY GUIDE that he has a Ghanaian mother and Nigerian father and comes to Ghana often.

He said FOSA, when inaugurated, would ensure the training of jobless young girls in modern dress-making, catering, hairdressing while the boys would also learn various technical skills including mechanics, welding, tailoring and refrigeration.
He asserted that FOSA would also ensure that the youth in Jomoro take their education seriously and that he would award scholarships to five students every year to pursue undergraduate programmes in universities in Ghana, while 25 scholarships would also be offered to indigenes of Jomoro to study in various senior high schools annually.
He intimated that a board would be instituted to come out with the basic criteria for the award of the scholarships with priority given to needy but brilliant students who are indigenes of Jomoro, adding “we have to train these able-bodied young Nzemas to be graduates and post graduates to take executive positions in Ghana’s mining, oil and gas industries.”

He added that if people attain higher education, they would be able to secure first class jobs and earn gargantuan salaries that they could help develop their areas and assist other needy and brilliant students in Jomoro.

According to Senator Brigidi, FOSA would officially be inaugurated in September, this year during which time documentation, appointment of board of directors and official registration of the foundation would have been completed.

 From Sam Mark Essien, Beyin

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