Company hands over 80-seater canteen to school
The Flour Mills of Ghana Limited (FMGL) has handed over an 80-seater canteen for pupils of the Manhean Anglican A & B Primary School to grant the students a healthy eating environment during school hours.
The project is also to help reduce time wasting in search of food during school sessions.
The FMGL, which is a subsidiary company of the Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, also donated food items and stationery materials through the support of some of its suppliers.
During the handing over of the canteen to the school last Tuesday, the General Manager of the FMGL, Shaul Hamtzani, stated that the idea to build the canteen was because the company believed in education and would want to make things better by investing in the wellbeing of children.
In addition, he said it was right for the company to give back to the immediate community it operated in.
“We need to give back to the community we live in, we need to invest back to show that we are not here just to dig gold and leave, we are a food processing company not gold diggers,” he added.
Mr Hamtzani further called on companies in the Tema industrial enclave to contribute to the development of the community in which they operated and most important, invest in the development of children.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tema East Constituency, Isaac Ashai Odamtten said aside from creating a conducive place for the children to eat, the new canteen was also going to help improve the quality of the food the children consumed.
The MP expressed his appreciation to the company and its staff for their enormous contributions towards the completion of the project.
“In this challenging economic times when salaries cannot satisfy our financial obligations, not everyone will make this sacrifice and so, on behalf of the people of Tema East, I want to express my gratitude to the staff the management of the FMGL,” he stated.
The Headmaster of the school, Francis Cobbson, recalled that when he was first posted to the school, he noticed that the lack of canteen and the dilapidated nature of the roofing were part of the challenges that bedeviled it.
He said by the grace of God, the roofing was replaced but due to the activities by the some members of the community, the challenge had reoccurred.
Mr Cobbson further commended the FMGL for seeing the need to assist the school by providing a more decent place for the children to eat.
“The FMGL had indeed made our long journey short and we as a school appreciate this kind gesture,” he added.