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General News of Thursday, 23 August 2018

Source: Efo Delanyo Foli

Alfred Obeng donates to Muslim communities in Bibiani, Awaso and Sefwi Bekwai

A former Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng visited the Muslim communities within Bibiani municipality yesterday where he made Sallah donation to them. Three towns visited were Bibiani, Awaso and Sefwi Bekwai.

He went with the executives and some prominent members of a group called FRIENDS OF APPROACHERS.

The items donated were several bags of rice, cartons of edible oil and tin fish.

Mr Obeng told the Chief Imam and his elders that the donation is part of the support he had promised to extend to the community when he first visited home after his removal from BOST.

He indicated that God has been very kind to him as his businesses have been successful over the past years and his belief is that giving back to society will make him more successful than before.

He pleaded with them to pray for him for a long life with good health and prosperity all the time so that he can extend more support to them whenever the need arises.

He further told them that if the entire nation rejects him and his community of origin accepts him, he has hope of rising up again in life but it will be difficult to rise up in life if your own community of origin rejects you.

He, therefore, promised them that he would continue to be humble and obedient to them and the entire community because their support means a lot to him.

At Bibiani the Zongo Chief indicated that they had never seen such a kind gesture before and promised Mr Obeng and his group that they would forever be grateful to them.

He advised Mr Obeng to keep to his humble nature because such characters are special gift from God to those who are born to become leaders.

The Zongo Chief further narrated that when Mr Obeng was removed from BOST, the entire municipality turned into a state of mourning not necessarily because he is one of the sons of the land but mainly due to his humility, respectfulness and willing to help others.

He pointed out that nowadays when young men get money or high positions they quickly become arrogant, pompous and disrespectful to elders but same could not be said about Mr Obeng so he would urge him to keep to that.

"Any time you speak on radio everybody in the community becomes touch and you hear people in groups discussing this young man speaks intelligently and humbly making all of us proud of you," the chief stressed.

He pleaded with Mr Obeng that some of the gentlemen and ladies are still at home without jobs so he should not rest on that. The group received prayers before leaving the mosque.

At Awaso where Ghana Bauxite Company is situated, the deliberations were not different from what happened at Bibiani. However, Mr Obeng acknowledged that Awaso is his own hometown because that is where his father comes from.

The Chief Imam there also advised him that once he is climbing the ladder of success he would always get a lot of enemies no matter how careful he would trend.

He prompted Mr Obeng that the only means to overcome his enemies is to be patience in whatever decision he takes at any material time.

They also pleaded with Mr Obeng to extend a helping hand towards the completion of the building of the Islamic school that had been started years ago. They assured Mr Obeng and his group of continuous prayers for them.

The visit ended at Sefwi Bekwai at around 3 pm. Again they met the Muslim community at Sefwi Bekwai and the interaction was similar to the earlier ones. They received their share of the donation and Islamic prayers were said.

The Chief Imam expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Mr Obeng and his group for such unprecedented Sallah donation presented to them.

He said that such donations are not common at their place and once a while it happens during election years to deceive them.

"During the campaign when such things happen we take them but we do not appreciate it because unlike what we are witnessing today, those ones are just to deceive us for our votes and do not come from their hearts," the Chief Imam indicated.

The Chairman of FRIENDS OF APPROACHERS, Solomon Osei explained the vision of the group which is mainly for the development of the community particularly the human resources.

Mr Obeng thanked them finally and assured them of his willingness and readiness to support the communities as a sign of his appreciation for the great things God has done and is continuously doing for him and his family.

The last Islamic prayers were said before they parted away.

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