The Sharp Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), yesterday presented 85 street lights to some communities in the Tapa Traditional area in Biakoye District of the newly created Oti region.
The beneficiary communities area Tapa Amanfrom, which received 23 lamps, Tapa Amanya, 12, Tapa Abotase, 14, Tapa Appiakurom and Tapa Omankradokurom, five, and Tapa Bompaso and Tapa Beposso, which were not connected to the national grid, received five solar lamps each.
The NGO also donated 10 lamps to Tapa Senior High Technical School, and five lamps to the Okadjakrom Senior High Technical School, in the Jasikan District of the region.
The foundation donated footballs, handball, sets of jerseys, volley balls, hand gloves to four Junior High Schools (JHSs) and two Senior High schools (SHSs) in the area.
The director of the foundation, Mr Stephen Nyarko Sharp, presenting the items, said his gesture was a token to appreciate a community that has made him what he was today.
According to him, “it is not about what you can get from your people or country, but what one can do to help change the life of others, who find themselves in deprived communities such as the Tapa communities.”
Mr Nyarko Sharp, who is also the Director of Sharp Herbal Products, producers of herbal mixture, said the foundation has set up a scholarship scheme to assist brilliant, but needy students from the area to enable them progress to the tertiary level.
Mr Nyarko Sharp said he has supported the Tapaman Senior High School with 40 desktop computer, a commercial printer, an air conditioner, two mowers, a router a DSTV equipment, lamination machine and a flat screen television.
He also donated marker boards and television sets to the Tapa Breniase D/A Primary and Tapa Amanfrom D/A JHS,.
Mr Nyarko Sharp praised the paramount chief of the Tapa, Nana Okoforobour Baffour Kwame Asante II, for single handedly building Tapaman Senior High Technical School.
Nana Asante commended Mr Nyarko Sharp for contributing to the development of the Tapa, and urged the people to unite towards progress.
The District Chief Executive of Biakoye, Ms Comfort Atta, assured the people that government would rehabilitate roads in the area to promote economic activities.
She said some roads have been awarded on contract and the contractors were expected to go on site to commence work, and urged the beneficiary communities to co-operate with the contractors to ensure the early completion of the projects.
From Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu