Norpalm Ghana Limited has distributed drums of crude palm oil to 20 institutions within the Western Region to support their feeding at a total cost of GH¢120,000.
The beneficiary intuitions are: some selected Senior High Schools, Ghana Prisons Service ‘Akuasi’, Vocational Training Institutes, Nursing Training Colleges (Effia Nkwanta and Tarkwa), Special Schools, as well as School for the Deaf.
Each institution received two drums of the crude palm oil.
Emmanuel Nagel, General Manager of Norpalm Ghana Limited, speaking at the 11th batch of the distribution of the crude palm oil at Ewusiejoe in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region, explained that: “We started with this exercise since 2008 with eight institutions and now, the number has increased to 20”.
This, he said, forms part of the company’s social responsibility and support to government effort in feeding the various institutions.
He said the company has had a peaceful co-existence with the communities in their operational area and beyond, and continues to support them in terms of scholarship, construction of school blocks, among others.
He mentioned encroachment on the company’s land by illegal miners as the company’s biggest challenge, and appealed to authorities to intervene.
Edwin Opoku Incoom, Mpohor District Director of Education, commended the company for the supply of crude palm oil annually.
“Apart from generating economic returns and being compliant; Norplam offers ready market to farmers, and then gives support to business associations in the area, your support has always been awesome”, he said.
“Though you are doing so much and we acknowledge it, we are appealing to you to support in the construction of kindergarten and other educational infrastructure in the district that will aid teaching and learning,” he added.
Madam Mercy Ofori Appiah of Sankor SHS, on behalf of the beneficiary institutions, thanked Norpalm Ghana Limited for the kind gesture.
“Had it not been you, we would have gone to the open market to buy; this has more nutritional value and it will aid in the growth of the students,” she said.
She encouraged other companies in the region to use their resources to support schools in their operational area.