About 4,263 communities have benefitted from the Ghacem Cement Foundation (GCF) support since its inception in 2002, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, the Chairman of the foundation has said.

Nana Agyensaim, who was speaking at the GCF northern sector awards ceremony in Kumasi, said for 14 years now, the foundation had distributed free cement to some health and educational institutions in the country to support them in their infrastructure development.
“From 2002 to date, a total of 420,000 bags of cement at a cost of GH¢13.4 million has been donated free of charge to qualified schools and hospitals in Ghana, he indicated.

One hundred and sixty eight schools and hospitals in the northern sector of the country which includes the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions received a total of 16,750 bags of cement at a cost of about GH¢536,000 at the event.

The southern sector, which includes the Greater Accra, Volta, Central, Western and Eastern regions also received a total of 12,930 bags valued at GH¢ 450,000 at a similar event held a fortnight ago in Koforidua.

Agyensaim said Nana Prah, the initiative demonstrated Ghacem’s commitment to supporting development in the country. “As a good corporate citizen, Ghacem does not only ensure that it pays taxes and dividend to the government but we equally support its development agenda.”

Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, the Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director of Ghacem, said Ghacem would continue to sustain the programme since it was bent on supporting health and educational institutions in deprived areas of the country.

“This effort can only be sustained if the government continued to support local industries from unfair trade practices, especially the importation of foreign cement brands,” he stated. 

Nana Philip Archer, the Commercial Director of Ghacem, said the company’s new product – Ghacem Super Strong (42.5r), was tailored to meet the demands of developers in the precast business such as block makers and concrete manufacturers.

“For those who do not know, you cannot use one type of cement to construct all manner of projects. As such, using the right type of cement will avert calamities; and this has informed the company’s decision to introduce the Super Strong which guarantees extra strength, maturity and sets faster.” The commercial director cautioned the public to avoid buying inferior cement products. He said some of the cement on the market had exceeded 90 days which meant they had expired.
* Source: Daily Graphic Ghana


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