– Plantations Socfinaf Ghana (PSG) Limited has dedicated a 12-unit classroom
block to the Daboase Senior High and Technical School in the Wassa-East
The gesture forms
part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and petitions received
from chiefs last year.
Cutting the tape to
handover the block to the school at the new site of the school at Daboase, the
Managing Director of Socfinaf,Mr.George Kwateng said the company would not
renege on its pledge to provide social infrastructure especially in education.
He said the company
had kept faith with the government and indigenes of Wassa-East as it provided
2,400 indigenes of the area and abroad with employment.
He said the company
would continue to produce palm oil in substantial quantities, which earns a lot
of foreign exchange for the nation.
continuous period of 10 years, Socfinaf made a commitment of US$25,000 to the
government of Ghana”, the Managing Director said.
According to him,
the company achieved that following its massive production of 20,000 acres of
rubber plantation in the District.
Mr Kwateng said over
the past 7 years, the company made financial assistance to brilliant, but needy
students at a cost of GH¢39,000.00 bringing the cost of social intervention in
the District to GH¢982,000.00.
He said the company
had a deficit of GH¢220, 000.00 to spend on the other projects at the new site
of the Daboase Senior High and Technical School and promised to offset this
amount by 2020 and 2021.
The Kwateng said the
company earmarked GH¢37,000.00 to make access roads in its operational
jurisdiction and thanked the government for the opportunity to operate in Ghana
and the chiefs for releasing land for the school block and appealed to the
District Assembly to maintain the building for generations yet unborn.
Receiving the keys to
the classrooms on behalf of the school, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for
Wassa-East,Mr.Wilson Arthur admitted that investment in education determined
the future of every nation hence government’s commitment towards good quality
As a result, the
introduction of the free SHS programme, which led to higher enrollment and
alleviated the burdens of most Ghanaians.
Mr Arthur said a
committee would be formed to have an oversight responsibility of the corporate
social responsibility fund of US$250,000 initiated by the company.
The DCE said with
the -12-unit classroom block coupled with that of the GNPC, the entire school
would soon move to the new site.
Mr. Arthur said the
Assembly provided the new site with solar energy as it waited to be connected
to the national electricity grid.
The DCE said the
school would venture more into Agriculture as it was the only school selected
in the Western Region and provided with 4 fish ponds.
The Member of
Parliament(MP) for the area, Mr. Isaac Adjei Mensah thanked the Managing
Director of Socfinaf and called on all leaders in the area to regularise the
company to get the social license to operate effectively.
He noted that the
company has a great vision to assist the area grow and used the occasion to
appeal to the two chieftaincy factions in the area to unite and co-operate to
attract more investment into the area.
Mr Mensah said he
would support the company in his capacity as an MP of the areas and appealed to
management of the company to train and employ local people to better their lot.
Director of Education, Madam Ernestina Christina Winful was grateful to PSG
Ltd. for the contributions to education and implored students to improve upon
the academic records of the school especially with new the facilities.
The Headmaster of
the school, Mr.Joseph Amoasi said half of the student population of 879 would
move into the new site for smooth and sound academic work.
He said the existing
facilities at the old site of the school were bas as the classrooms got flooded
anytime it rained.
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