General News of Sun, 13 Jan 201911
First Sky Group holds annual thanksgiving service; donates to NRSC
First Sky Group, owners of First Sky Construction, First Sky Commodities and Volta Serene Hotel have donated an amount of One million Ghana cedis to the National Road Safety Commission and the Ministry of Roads and Highways to help curtail road accidents through education and road safety campaigns.
The company, which has over the years spent a total of ten million Ghana cedis to support the treatment of patients with kidney failure at the Renal Dialysis Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in line with its Corporate Social responsibilities; have contributed massively to the development of various church projects including the yet to be constructed National Cathedral.
Speaking at the 16th Anniversary Celebration of the company, which recently introduced two new subsidiaries, Serene Insurance Company and First Sky Bitumen Processing Limited, Founder and Chairman of the Group, Eric Seddy Kutortse said their donations fall in line with the company’s objective of bringing relief to humanity, creating jobs and supporting government’s programmes and policies.
According to Mr. Kutortse, contrary to general perception that private business men and women are only profit driven individuals who seek to enrich themselves, his company is founded on sound Christian principles and operates within the laws of the country.
“I say this with reverence to our Almighty God that First Sky Group since its inception to date has never been involved in any scandalous or corrupt practices that seek to short-change this nation. That is not to say we have not been exposed to such temptation but for the love of our nation, the fear of the Lord and our salvation has kept us away from such evil practices and we give all glory to God.
Four years ago, during such similar occasion I made the same statement that we have a stainless record on corruption; this attracted the attention of one of the anti-corruption agencies in Ghana, and the revenue agency which investigated my company’s activities for five years, and thanks be to God, nothing untoward was found about us. We will continue to uphold sound Christian principles in all our business ventures and operate within the laws of the Republic of Ghana,” he said.
Revealing some projects the group intends to undertake this year, Mr. Kutortse said the company plans to finance the establishment of a kidney transplant centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
“The First Sky Group is collaborating with the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to at all cost bring a team of specialists from Birmingham UK to Ghana to carry out kidney transplants for a number of patients. These visits by the UK team will lead to the medical knowledge and skill transfer to our local surgeons in the short term. In the medium term however, our goal is to finance the establishment of a kidney transplant centre at the hospital to help stem the tides of our countrymen suffering such ailment and thus spending thousands of our foreign exchange earnings to seek such health services outside the country,” he disclosed.
Reading a speech on behalf of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Chief of Staff Frema Opare thanked the First Sky Group CEO for his numerous contributions to government especially the recent donation of GHC2 million towards the construction of the National Cathedral.
The thanksgiving service, an annual event organised by the First Sky Group was graced by the Okyehene, Osaagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, former President Jerry John Rawlings, Minister of Roads and Highways Amoako Atta, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ghana, Rev. Prof Paul Frimpong Manso, the over two thousand working staff of the company including friends and well-wishers.