The First Sky Group of Companies has pledged continuous commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of its 17th-anniversary ceremony.

The group has outlined a number of projects it seeks to embark upon including plans to partner the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in establishing Ghana’s first ever kidney transplant center.

The announcement comes on the back of a successful collaboration between the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the First Sky Group which led to four persons undergoing kidney transplantations at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 2019.

Speaking to JoyBusiness at the group’s 17th Annual Thanksgiving Anniversary Ceremony in Accra, Chief Executive CEO of First Sky Construction Limited, Ernest Nii Okai Hammond, said “we will continue to do as we have been led to do and we believe the provision will be made for it; we’ve spent close to GH¢12 million at the Renal Unit and that is basically giving treatment to 350 patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital who are on free dialysis twice a week.”

Announcing the Group’s corporate social responsibility programmes for the year 2020, he said the Kidney Transplant Centre, which he believes should be ready by May 2020, shall have the capacity to serve Ghana and the whole of West Africa.

He said the Group shall partner the Hospital again this year for additional two transplants which shall lead to the establishment of the Transplant Centre.

Other CSR Programmes

According to Mr. Hammond, the Group shall also continue to support the National Road Safety Commission, with a donation of an ambulance in support of saving lives in the event of road accident.

He said the Group shall continue its donations towards kingdom business by constructing five new churches this year to eliminate churches under trees.

Thanksgiving Service

The 17th Thanksgiving Service was themed: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, and had in attendance top clergymen including Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Rev. Paul Frimpong Manso, Apostle Prof. Kwadwo Opoku Onyinah, among others.

In a sermon, Apostle Prof. Onyinah urged Christians and members of the First Sky Group to remain faithful stewards even during their day to day businesses.

The Executive Chairman of the First Sky Group, Eric Seddy Kutortse, in an address at the Service, recounted how merciful and kind the Lord had been to the Group in 2019.

About First Sky Group

The First Sky Group started its operations with a workforce of five personnel and has since increased its staff strength to over 400 permanent managerial, administrative and technical staff as well as 1,500 casual staff.

Its subsidiaries are First Sky Construction, First Sky Commodities, Volta Serene Hotel, Serene Insurance Limited, First Sky Bitumen Processing Limited and Frerol Rural Bank.

The Group has over the years embarked on a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Among the initiatives are the payment of all hospital debts of patients at the Renal Dialysis Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 2016 which amounted GH¢ 620,000 and a donation of GH¢ 2 million as an endowment fund for the treatment of all patients on dialysis at the Unit.

The Group also in 2018 donated an amount of GH¢ 1 million to the National Road Safety Commission in the fight against road accidents, and as well donated 60 church buildings with seating capacity of 450-650 to the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana.