The Executive Chairman of the McDan Group, Dr Daniel McKorley, has applauded journalists in the country for their untiring effort to bring to light the plight of the under-privileged in the society.
Referring to a news item on a local television network which highlighted the plight of the schoolchildren at the Teong Primary School in the Upper East Region, he said if it were not for the work of journalists, children in such situations would continue to languish in such trying circumstances.
Dr McKorley urged the media to continue to “make the noise” in order to put society on its toes, adding that if not for the effort of the media, a lot of things would have happened at the blind side of society.
He made the commendation at a press conference to launch a campaign on behalf of his company to eliminate schools under trees in the country beginning with the Teong Primary School in the Upper East Region.
The Teong Primary School
The launch of the campaign also coincided with the official launch of the McDan Foundation, the social responsibility wing of the McDan Group’s six-classroom block project for the Teong Primary School, which is being executed by the Wembley Sports Construction Company Ltd at a cost of GH¢1 million.
In addition to the classroom block, the project also includes a staff common room and will provide tables and chairs and other items that will make the schoolchildren comfortable, as well as a two-bedroom apartment for the headteacher of the school.
The Teong Primary School currently holds classes under trees in trying circumstances as classes are held at the mercy of the weather.
The children also sit on the ground and write their exercises on the ground.
Journalists make it possible
“In the first place, I would like to thank the media for all that you have been doing. This is possible because of the media.
You really do not know what you are doing for mother Ghana, but I have a whole lot of respect for you journalists.
“If it had not been for a journalist, these children would still be writing on the ground,” Dr McKorley said, adding that it saddened his heart to see children in the 21st century writing on the ground under such trying circumstances.
He said the media had come a long way in Ghana, “and I give you the thumbs up, for you are doing a great job.”
Dr McKorley, therefore, courted the media to support the company in its effort to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged.
Dr McKorley asked the government to grant tax rebates to companies that were engaged in supporting sections of the society as part of their corporate social responsibility.
He said he did not have a problem paying taxes since the country needed money to undertake development, “but some companies are helping mother Ghana, while others are not.
“So, if we want the help to spread far and wide, I believe that government can give such companies tax rebates and that is why I am calling on the government to look at that area,” he explained.