SMT Ghana, official distributor of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses and Volvo Penta in Ghana, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) has supported reconstruction of the Appiatse community with bags of cement.
On February 7, 2022, an explosion razed the entire Appiatse community; killing and injuring many. The donation was made to support the Appiatse community as government commences rebuilding the community into a modern one to bring the necessary relief to the people.
The SMT Ghana team, including Edward Kingsley Sackey, Sales Manager; Philip Ackon, Parts Manager-Tarkwa; and Stephen Ponful, Workshop Manager-Tarkwa, were present at the Appiatse Relief Camp on Thursday 24th February 2022 to hand over the donation.
Edward Kingsley Sackey said, as an Institution, SMT Ghana saw the need to come forward and support reconstruction of the community, considering how devastatingly the explosion had affected lives of the entire community. “The incident was an unfortunate one that resulted in the loss of lives, properties, and caused injuries and destruction of the entire community”.
“Appiatse community is close to the Tarkwa branch of SMT Ghana, and as part of our CSR we support communities close to our operations; so immediately after the tragic inciden, we quickly moved to the site and commiserated with the victims, and then contacted the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to see how best we could support.
“Big tragedies like this, we know, call for a national support; and so as government is in the process of rebuilding with support from other corporate institutions, we are also here with our widows’-mite; and we believe it has come in handy and will be used judiciously for its intended purpose.”
Present to receive the donation on behalf of the community were Mr. Lewis Afful, NADMO Deputy Director-Prestea/Huni-Valley: Mr. Emmanuel Fosu, PA for the Municipal Chief Executive-Prestea/Huni-Valley; Mr. Thomas Enyan, Assemblyman of the Appiatse area and members of the local Committee.
Mr. Lewis Afful, the NADMO Deputy Director for Prestea/Huni Valley, thanked SMT Ghana for coming to the aid of victims and expressed optimism that the donation’s timely nature will speed up government’s rebuilding project. He urged corporate Ghana to bring forth more of such support to rebuild the Appiatse community.
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SMT Ghana team pose with the Appiatse Community leaders after the donation