The Executive Chairman of McDan Group of Companies, Dr Daniel McKorley through the McDan Foundation has built a GHC1.2 million school block for the chiefs and people of Yendi in the Northern Region.
The new facility for the Rhema International School, a public basic school in the Yendi Municipality is to replace an old one which is no fit for purpose.
It houses six classrooms, office, staff common room, library and washrooms to provide a safe learning environment to enhance teaching and learning in the school.
The inauguration of the school edifice formed part of the activities of the four days working visit by Dr. McKorley, who is also the GugbaNaa of Tamale, in the Northern Region.
In a remark, Dr. McKorley, founder of the McDan Foundation, said the gesture was part of series of projects initiated in 2019 to impact lives of individuals, institutions and communities in the northern part of the country and pledged to continue with his good works in the north.
He appealed to management of the school and the assembly to take proper care of the facilities to extend its life span and enable it served its intended purpose.
The GugbaNaa encouraged the pupils and students to attach seriousness to their studies to enable them achieve their dreams and become responsible citizens of the country in the future.
The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abukari II, who joined Dr McKorley commended.McSorley for the gesture and mentioned that it would go a long way to improve the quality of education in the area.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Yendi, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama also expressed thanks to Dr. Mckorley for the gesture and appealed to other philanthropists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to their aid.
On Sunday, the business entrepreneur, after the inauguration of the school block joined the chief and people of Yendi to celebrate this year’s Damba Festival where he was also honoured with a citation for his good works.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Yendi, Alhaji Ahmed YussufAbubakar also expressed his appreciation to Dr. McKorley for complementing efforts of the government to provide modern school blocks in communities to ensure quality education.
In a related development, the McDanFoundation President during the visit also inaugurated the Alkoh Shea processing factory at Nasia in the West Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region.
The Shea Factory is part of the prize for the winner of the season one of the McDan Entrepreneurship Challenge, Mr.AlhassanKoligu Hamza, aside the cash prize of $100,000 he won.
He later handed over a truck to Mr. Hamza, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alkoh Shea Processing Factory to aid him in the collection and transportation of shea to the factory for processing.
Mr. Hamza said the factory currently engages 400 women who are into shea collection and processing and provided employment for about 100 youth in the area.
The chief of Nasia, MazuranaAbdulaiMahami appreciated Dr. McKorley for creating employment for several women and the youth in the community.
Earlier, Dr. McKorley paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, AlhajiShaniAlhassanShaibu at his office at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) where the minister expressed his appreciation to the former for his contributions to the development in the region.
Later, Dr. McKorley later paid courtesy calls on the Dakpema, Lamashe-Naa, Tolon-Lana, Yoo-Naa, Mion-Lana, Daire-Lana at their various palaces in Tamale, Tolon, Savelugu, Mion and Daire respectively.
Meanwhile, the McDan Foundation in collaboration with Herpol Africa organised a free general health screening for over 1,000 widows from Savelugu, Yendi, Tolon, Gushegu, Nanton and Mion at the Jubilee Park in Tamale where he also present gift boxes stocked with food items such as rice, cooking oil, tomato paste among others to the women.
He also pledged to take care of their medication, especially those who have serious complications, saying, “The health screening would be an annual affair because I have decided to take care of the widows as women are at the centre of the foundation.”