Melcom Group of Companies celebrates Senior Citizens

Accra- The Melcom Group of Companies has commended Senior citizens for their contributions towards making Ghana a good sovereign state with warm business environment.

Mr Godwin Avenorgbo, the Director of Communications, Melcom Group of Companies said the senior citizens had served Ghana in various capacities during their youthful days and therefore, there was a need for a continuation of the process in terms of knowledge sharing; so that their experiences were not lost.

He said however, in some cases, the senior citizens had been neglected in the country, not by government, but people who had taken over the various offices of administration.

Mr Avenorgbo made the remarks in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the maiden edition of Melcom’s Senior Citizens Celebration programme.

The programme was under the patronage of Mr Bhagwan Khubchandani, the Chairman of the Melcom Group of Companies.

The event, which registered over 250 retired civil and public servants from various sectors; aimed at recognising the significant efforts made by senior citizens towards the development of Ghana; as well as creating a common platform for them to share ideas and experience.

Mr Avenorgbo underscored the need to organise seminars that would enable the aged to share their managerial expertise with the young ones, to help bridge the gap, adding that so today we are giving them the platform to share ideas and we will go further to organise seminars”.

He said Melcom was in Ghana to serve and provide service, and believed that their service was better understood through a process of giving back to society, hence taking their Corporate Social Responsibility, seriously.

We have therefore, set up the Melcom Care Foundation to provide support in two critical areas that are linked to National Development, Capacity Building and High Productivity; these are education and health, he added.

Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, the Paramount Chief of the Shai Traditional Area, known in private life as Mr Michael Afedi Gizo, a former Minister of Tourism also stated that as a country, a lot had not been done regarding the welfare of senior citizens.

He told GNA that most retirees possessed wealth of experience therefore, when tapped into, could help push forward the country’s developmental agenda.

Nene Nagai Kassa VIII, who is also the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Shai-Osudoku Constituency and Chairperson for the occasion, called on authorities to make significant efforts to improve their welfare and help address their numerous plights.

Mr David Anaglatey, a former Director General, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) said in 2015 he made suggestions on behalf of senior citizens that were responded to and implemented, and this was how the then government answered their complaints about how they were treated at banks, hospitals and other places.

He said the then government instructed the Gender Ministry to implement the Senior Citizen Card Scheme, to help get some priorities, however, the process had been slow and its objectives were yet to be achieved.

He said once the scheme was still in existence whoever was in charge of issuing those cards should do so, and also create the awareness so that the banks and hospitals would be aware to enable them enjoy the priorities which were envisaged by the scheme.

He said among the major challenges, they encountered were the paying of their pension or retiring awards; as there were delays and they had to be writing petitions before they were paid.

Mr Anaglatey said Melcom in organising such an event showed recognition of the special needs of senior citizens and was hopeful that the example would be followed by other institutions; so that their problems could be resolved.

Source: Ghana News Agency