The Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED) has conferred a special award on the chairman of Melcom Group of Companies, Mr. Bhagwan Khubchandani, for his contribution to youth development in the three Northern regions.
Mr. Khubchandani was unanimously nominated as an awardee in the 3th NYUPED National Achievers Award held under the theme, “Honouring society’s great benefactors, NYUPED’s platform for national recognition”.
He was presented with a special citation and a plague at a short ceremony in Accra yesterday.
Speaking at the presentation, the Executive Director of NYUPED, Prince Hardi Adams, said Mr. Khubchandani had demonstrated strong commitment over the years to the development of the youth in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
According to him, thousands, if not millions, of youth in the three Northern regions had benefited immensely from initiatives and projects embarked upon by Melcom.
He said the award had been conferred on him as a distinguished national achiever, who had surmounted all odds to reach out to deprived communities in the three regions of the North.
“Mr. Khubchandani would, forever, be remembered for his benevolence and desire to enhance education in the regions through the provisions of educational infrastructure and creation of jobs for deprived and marginalised people in the regions,” he said.
Mr. Hardi commended other awardees and called on personalities in the country to show similar commitment to hard work so as to enhance development.
Mr. Khubchandani thanked the organisation for the award and hinted that the company had planned to open a new branch in Wa, the capital of the Upper West region.
He said Melcom would continue to expand its services to other parts of the country especially to deprived communities, to enhance living conditions there.
He, however, expressed concern about the transportation cost of commuting its products and goods from Accra to other parts of the region.
“Despite the huge cost involved, which normally ranges between eight to 10 per cent of the total pricing, Melcom continues to extend its services to most parts of the country in demonstration of its commitment to development,” he said.
By Charles Amankwa