4 December 2012

Ghana: Jospong Group Touches Lives of Melcom Disaster Survivors

Survivors of the collapsed Melcom building, on Friday, were presented with a GH20,000.00 cheque by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong, to celebrate Christmas with a "smile on their faces."

Notwithstanding the Christmas freebie, Dr. Agyapong again, made a cheque donation of GH¢10,000.00 into the Melcom Disaster Fund established by the Mayor of Accra, after the search and rescue operation in the collapsed building came to a halt.

The cheques were presented to the survivors and management of the Melcom Disaster Fund at a Thanksgiving Service held in Accra by the Jospong Group of Companies.

November 7, 2012 was dubbed 'Black Wednesday' in the history books of the country, when a six-storey shopping mall, located at Achimota, and a rented property of Melcom Group of Companies, collapsed in the early hours of that day, in the process trapping over 60 workers and an unspecified number of shoppers.

It took the intervention of a combined team of security personnel to rescue 52 people from the rubble, with fourteen deaths recorded.

The Jospong Group of Companies, through its subsidiary firm, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, on November 23, 2012 made a cash donation worth GH¢10,000.00 as part of GH¢30,000.00 seed money into the Melcom Disaster Fund.

The above-mentioned amounts complete a donation of GH¢40,000.00 made to the survivors, since the incident by Jospong Group of Companies.

Apart from the payments by the company, the parliamentary aspirant for the Adentan Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Frances Awurabena Asiam, also made a cash donation of GH¢1,000.00 to the surviving workers.

Her contender on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore, also pledged a GH¢5,000.00 cash donation to the surviving victims of the Melcom rubble.

Prayers were said for the survivors and their colleagues who lost their lives as a result of the collapse of the building.

The survivors, in turn, gave thanks to God for saving their lives, and also the CEO of Jospong Group of Companies for his swift response in coming to their aid when the incident happened.

They again, thanked him for the various cash donations he had made to them since the incident happened.

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