Accra, April 26, GNA – The Stake President of the Adenta Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has donated some essential equipment totalling several thousand Cedis to the Opportunities Industrialization Centre Ghana (OICG) at Shiashe in Accra.

The items included 3 Wheel-barrows, 8 Shovels, 6 Head-pans, 10 Trowels, 2 Gas Cylinders, 3 Double Gas Burners, 9 Manual Typewriters, 2 Anvils, 9 Sets of Spanner  Kits, 3 Tool Boxes, 2 Step-down Transformers, 8 Fuse Testers, 8 quantities of 4’ Plywood, 1 Big file Cabinet and 20 Typing manuals.
Mr John Attah Koranteng, the Stake President in the brief ceremony, called on OICG to take good care of the equipment adding that man, with his hands should be able to produce things that God has earmarked for the enjoyment of mankind.

He said the OICG had been created as a result of the will of God, to train those who have not got skills and help build the manpower base of the country.

He appealed to other philanthropists and corporate organisations to help develop and assist the less privileged institutions.

Mr Koranteng said the Departments for Graphic Arts, Welding and Fabrication, Hairdressing and Secretarial all needed assistance and called on the general public and other well-meaning institutions to help them in their efforts.

Mr William Pamford Bray, The Board Chairman of OICG, thanked the church for the donation saying the equipment would benefit the entire populace of the school.

He agreed with the appeal made by the Stake President, and also appealed for equal attention to be given to the OICG Institutes in Kumasi and Takoradi as they also lacked funds in training the needy.

Mr Samuel Debrah, the Executive Director of the School, said the Institute became operational in 1971 through a USAID sponsored project as a fee-free institution and by 1977 it had extended its operations to Kumasi and Sekondi-Takoradi.

He said after a decade of operation the institution was handed over to Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare adding that the withdrawal of USAID support and the general decline in donor funding and government budgetary allocation have impacted negatively on the operation of OIC Ghana.

Mr Debrah expressed his gratitude to the continuous support of the Latter Day Saints saying their computer laboratory and initial training instructors were sponsored by them.

In attendance at the ceremony Mr Patrick Akuffo, Senior Resource Mobilization Officer of OICG, Mr Leon Sakko, the OIC International Country Director,  Mr Alfred Otto Klein, OICG Area Welfare Specialist and Mr Kwesi Mintah, The Latter Day Saints Public Affair Director.



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