In line with its mission to improve the lives of people, a leading conglomerate in Africa, Jospong Group of Companies has constructed a 300 bed facility for young soldiers at the 37 Military Hospital.
The building which was commissioned by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on February1, 2023 is named “Joseph Siaw Agyepong Young Soldiers Block.”
Commissioning the Block on Wednesday, the President stated that the 37 Military Hospital, usually, finds itself with a lot of young soldiers posted to the Unit to commence their basic training in medical care.
According to the President, it is for this reason that the then Director General of Health Services at the hospital, Brigadier General Ralph Ametepe, conceived and started the project in 2016.
“With the use of internally generated funds, the project stood at 40% complete in 2018 when it run out of funds and stalled.”
“It is good to note that successive Directors at the Hospital continued the project, albeit at a slow pace, until the project was revived in 2021 by the current Chief of Defence Staff,” he said.
“I am told that the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, in 2021, made an appeal to the Jospong Group of Companies to assist with the completion of this block, a request which was duly heard and answered,” the President said.
The President also paid glowing tribute to Jospong Group of Companies for its efforts saying: “I am told Jospong Group of Companies agreed to complete the project as a Corporate Social Responsibility at no cost to the Ghana Armed Forces. Jospong, well done, ayekoo!!”
For that reason, he stated that the edifice is named the “Joseph Siaw Agyepong Young Soldiers Block, “after the Executive Chairman and Founder of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong.
According to the President, the project formed part of the Phase 1 and 2 of the Barracks Regeneration and the Military Housing Projects in 2020 and 2021 respectively all of which are aimed at providing decent accommodation for the military.
The Defense Minister, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, said one of the major challenges facing GAF was accommodation, and therefore appealed for assistance.
Earlier, in a brief remark, the Executive Chairman of the JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, expressed his profound gratitude to the Military High Command for the opportunity to support a worthy cause.
He indicated that the Group sees the gesture as an opportunity to contribute their quota through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to an institution as important as the Ghana Army.
He said Jospong Group supports institutions whose mission resonates with the corporate mission of JGC which is to improve lives people in the society.
According to Dr. Siaw Agyepong, his organization has enjoyed a good collaboration with the Armed Forces as their Senior Executives, Young Executives, drivers and operatives of Ecozoil have benefitted from the rich expertise from various outlets of the Ghana Armed Forces.
“This is indeed my personal admiration for the military for the mark of discipline, professionalism and excellence”, he underscored.
“I am inspired by what I am witnessing here today and this has further reinforced the company’s resolve to continue to contribute our widow’s might to the 37 Military Hospital in other areas of interest which they wish to embark on,” Dr Siaw Agyepong said.
Also present at the event were the Military High Command, The Interior Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, Hon Kennedy Agyepong, Directors from the Ministry of Defense and executives of the Jospong Group.
The construction was undertaken by Georotche a subsidiary of FEDEMS Group.
Jospong Group is a conglomerate of over 60 companies headquartered in Ghana , with operations in other African countries such as Zambia, Togo, Angola and Sierra Leone. The Group is into Waste management and allied services, automobile and equipment, logistics and construction, manufacturing, banking and insurance, Media and agriculture and agribusiness among others. The Group’s latest interest is into rice production to feed the West African sub region.