BG International (BGI), a US-based real estate development firm with an office in Ghana, has donated $10,000 towards a street-lighting project for the Gbawe community, a suburb of Accra.
The donation was made at a durbar held to climax the celebration of the Homowo festival in Gbawe recently.
The Development Chief of Gbawe, Nii Kwatei Aku I, also known as Mr Daniel Rose, in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Executive Officer of BGI, Mr Irwin Barkanon, said the donation was to restart the street-lighting project which began some years ago but was never completed. He promised to provide additional funding for the project “until all the 130 light poles are shining bright at night on the 14 streets and roadways identified in the community.”
He noted that completion of the project would “bring joy to the 220,000 people of Gbawe and would as well give them a sense of safety and security, especially on the streets leading to Mallam.”
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Mr Rose said when the street-lighting project came to an end, he, together with his team, would consider other projects, including establishing a community and business centre project that would provide the people with educational, vocational and technical skills. He said the centre would be equipped to attract investors and businesses into the community.
The Street Lights Project is sponsored jointly by the Helping Africa Foundation (HAF), founded by Mr Rose, and BG International of which Mr Rose is the Chairman. The donation is a community service initiative undertaken by BGI, which is in the process of putting up a mall at Mallam Junction in Accra. The mall will introduce an assortment of leading North American, European and African brands into Ghana and would also contain a state-of-the-art dining and entertainment complex.
Earlier in the year, BGI and Safe Water Network inaugurated water projects in the village of Yaw Kwei in the Asante Akyem South District in the Eastern Region.