First Sky Group, a Ghanaian owned company with subsidiaries in the hospitality, construction, insurance, banking, commodities trading and bitumen processing, has celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The anniversary was marked with thanksgiving service, and had in attendance, dignitaries including ministers of state, Parliamentarians, clergy, Judiciary, the Vice President of Liberia Ms Jewel Howard Taylor, traditional leaders and management, staff, partners and other stakeholders of the company.
The anniversary was held in Accra on Sunday, January 8, 2023, on the theme “The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad.”
In a speech read on behalf of President Akufo-Addo at the occasion by the Roads and Highway Minister, Kwesi Amoako-Attah, admonished businesses, industries and enterprises to continue to remain focused and resilient in pursuit of national development.
He said the government was also doing its part to assiduously turn things around to improve upon the livelihoods of the people.
Echoing the voice of the President, the minister said: “I do recognise that things have not been as we expected as far as the nation’s economy is concerned, but I can assure you that my government is still committed to working hard to turn around the fortunes of the nation. I am of the strongest conviction that we will turn the corner, there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel and Ghanaians will surely experience better days again.”
He said the President desires to build a strong and healthy economy that would stand the global economic and social pressure, and remains a fixed resolution of the government.
Mr Minister further gave an assurance to the public that the government would create an enabling environment for players in the private like First Sky Group to thrive.
Mr Amoako-Attah commended the First Sky Group for its contribution in the area of health care, particularly, the goal to set up a world class kidney transplant facility in the country, which would be the first of its kind in the West African sub region.
“This, surely, when realised should improve the quality of life of these patients, the majority of whom are a young, economically productive group of the Ghanaian society and who can potentially be integrated back into society with adequate treatment,” he added.
First Sky Group is one of the few private companies that has a workforce of over 3,800, engaged in its various subsidiaries.
This, the Founder and Chairman of First Sky Group, Eric Seddy Kutorste expressed gratitude to God for how far they come.
He was, particularly, happy that the company had been able to survive the global economic, social, political challenges that have batted the country over sometime now.
But “as a christian business entity, we acknowledge the power of God as the underlying factor and driving force that has sustained and preserved us throughout the year,” he said.
Counting his blessings one by one, he said 20 years ago when the First Sky began, the vision was to create job opportunities, create wealth to support God’s kingdom, bring relief to humanity and the poor and needy and promote the wellbeing of its employees.
Mr Kutortse said the company has supported over 300 kidney patients at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), over the years with about GH¢26 million.
He said this April, three patients would undergo kidney transplant in Ghana free of charge, courtesy First Sky Group’s sponsorship.
“I am also happy to announce that a joint working committee from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the First Sky has been formed and it is our hope that by the end of this year the kidney transport Center will be fully operational to cater for patients not in Ghana but entire West Africa,”he said.
To the Christian community, he said the company has assisted the completion of 71 church building projects across the country, and would be adding three more in Ashanti, Volta and Northern regions.
The General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, USA, Reverend Doug Clay, preaching a sermon: “The awareness of the presence of God,” emphasized the importance of taking good and effective decisions that would impact the company years to come.
He also urged the staff and management to fear God and walk in His ways, and He will sustain them, saying even though the company had experienced the goodness of God in its 20 years existence, “the best is yet to come.”