Yapra Rural Bank at Prang in the Pru West District of the Brong Ahafo Region has voted about GH¢32,000 to complete the construction of office accommodation for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the district capital-Prang.
Construction of the building was initiated by the community but the project stalled along the line due to financial constraint. The community therefore appealed to the bank for support, hence the bank assuming the responsibility to complete the project.
Completion of the project has bring a huge sigh of relief for residents of Prang and other communities in the newly created district. The people in the new district had to travel to Yeji to register and renew their health insurance. Pru West was among the newly created 38 districts which were inaugurated in March this year. It was carved out to the then Pru district with Yeji as the capital.
At a short handing over ceremony, Nasrullahi Abdullah, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors-Yapra Rural Bank, said the gesture demonstrates the bank’s commitment to the social wellbeing of the people, besides its invaluable financial support to the development of the people within its catchment area. He indicated that the bank’s corporate social responsibility initiatives cut across health, education and economic empowerment.
The DCE for Pru West, Stephen Jalulah, thanked Yapra Rural Bank for the intervention and urged others corporate bodies to emulate the example. He said the completion of the NHIS building has ‘come in very handy’ as the new district battles with acute infrastructural deficit, especially accommodation for government agencies and departments.
On his part, Prang Zongo Chief, Alhaji Masued Mustag, in an interview with B&FT said: “honestly as a shareholder I was only concerned about how much dividend I will earn at the end of the year. I always haboured a misconception that the Board and Management were misappropriating funds anytime the bank was unable to pay dividend. But this project has rather cleared that misconception; they are really doing a great work for the community.”