Ghana’s largest cement producer, Ghana Cement Limited (Ghacem), has reiterated its commitment to help build a formidable infrastructure in communities, through its free cement application criteria throughout the country.
Since its establishment eight years ago, the Ghana Cement Foundation has donated about 270,000 bags of cement, at an equivalent market value of more than GHA2,700,000, to beneficiaries in more than 1,600 communities across the country.
According to Nana Prah AgyenisamVI, Chairman of the Foundation’s Executive Council, the free allocations to needy communities had come to stay, and thus advised applicants to abide strictly by the laid down format, in order to qualify for the free cement allocation. Nana Prah, was speaking in Sunyani at a function where 168 beneficiaries of this year’s allocation from the three northern regions and Brong Ahafo, were presented with letters of allocation for a total of 30,000 bags of cement.
In his keynote address, he stressed that the free cement allocation was restricted to the rehabilitation or completion of an educational or health infrastructure located in rural, poor, or very needy communities. The Managing Director of Ghacem, Mr. Mortern Gade, called for value-addition to local resources as the vehicle for accelerated wealth creation in developing countries like Ghana. This, according to him, was the surest way to secure employment for the citizenry, improve technological skills, and increase the tax base of the country.