By Nana Esi Brew Monney

Managing director of Sandvic Mining and Construction Ghana Limited, SMCGL Mr. James Barry Oosthuizen says communities must value facilities provided them by companies and protect them.

He said it was sad that many community projects sponsored by companies are abandoned and many were not rehabilitated.

Mr. James Barry Oosthuizen said this when he handed over keys of arenovated a dormitory block at a total cost of 52,000 United State dollars for the Tarkwa Midwifery training school to ease the acute accommodation crisis in the school.

The renovation works which was completed within a short period was funded from the company’s one per cent meter scheme to the Goldfield Ghana Foundation.

Mr. James Barry Oosthuizen explained the scheme was introduced in 2006 to ensure that the company contributes one per cent for every meter drilled by SMCGL rigs at the Goldfields Ghana project to assist development of Goldfields primary stakeholder communities.

Mr. Oosthuizen said the company over the past years has contributed immensely to the communities in which they operate.

According to him, a Junior High School building has been constructed for the Awudua community at a cost of 63,000 United State dollars as well as 2,275.00 United State dollars has been contributed towards completion of Ghana Trade Union Congress Vocational school in Tarkoradi.

The managing director noted that since 2005 the company spent over 492,000 United State dollars in sponsoring students through the Western region apprenticeship program, this he said has equipped the trainees with employable skills in the mining industry and reduced unemployment in the company’s catchment areas.

Mr. Oosthuizen pledged to support the school’s library with an amount of 10,000 United State dollars to facilitate teaching and learning by tutors as well as student.

He entreated the Ministry of Health to manage the facility effectively to ensure students attain optimum benefit from it.

In a speech read on behalf of the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsueam Constituency, Mrs. Gifty Kusi congratulated the present and past Municipal Chief Executives, chiefs, individual companies and the Ministry of Health for their contribution towards the establishment of the school.

She donated 2,000 Ghana cedis for purchasing of bunk beds for students which is one of the pressing needs of the school.

The Omahene of Wassa Fiase traditional area, Osagyefo Dr. Kwamena Enimil VI together with the principal of the school, Madam Ivy Peace Anangah who doubles as deputy director of nursing service thanked SMCGL for the kind gesture.

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