Mr Mustapha Osman, the Chief Executive officer of a Wa based None for a profit-making organisation known as SociLite has appealed to individuals, assemblies, and organisations for support to aid him to undertake its rural electrification project.
SociaLite NGO is well-known for providing mini solar lighting systems, phone charging slots together with non-compulsory sound and video equipment to rural communities that are not connected to the national grid.
According to the CEO, the organisation has so far provided a huge number of its mini solar lanterns to several communities coupled with giving free training to interested youth groups within all its operational communities.
It is on this backdrop that Mr Osman called on individuals to come in to support his young NGO to meets its target particularly in the areas of accommodation, feeding, and provision of some parts of the gadgets as that will aid them to train more youth to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
Mr Mustapha Osman was speaking on the sidelines of a short ceremony organised to hand over 93 lanterns to some communities based on their request.
However, at the end of the day, 75 lanterns out of the requested 93 mini solar lanterns were handed over to residents of Talawonchelle No. 1, and Kapileyiri communities, all in the Wa West District of Upper West Region, on Sunday, January 30, 2022.
The remaining 18 lanterns according to the NGO will be sent later.
“…. As an organisation, means of transport are among the challenges we face, as is always difficult for us to reach out to some of the communities. Also a place of accommodation and how to feed those that we bring together to train them on the work, so we will appreciate any help in this direction,” he stated.
He admonished beneficiaries to regularly charge their lanterns at least once every week to sustain their life span and as well pay their monthly charging commitment fee of Gh₵5.00.
The young CEO said, “be committed to paying your charging fee of Gh₵5.00 because these monies are used to maintain and operate the system and establish the service in other communities”.
Hon. Kumah Maxwell, assembly member for Talawonchelle electoral area expressed gratefulness to SociaLite for their kind gesture.
He said the community not being connected to the national grid poses a major security threat to the residents.
Adding the provision of the mini solar lantern by the NGO will go a long way to boost academic performance in the area as students will use them to study after the sun set.
Some beneficiaries who spoke to Tungsung Radio News bemoaned the condition under which school children study in the area without electricity.
They however also made a passionate appeal to the government to consider working on the area roads and provide them with Nursery school to curtail their small children trekking long distances to seek basic education.
End/By Ibrahim W. Abubakari/Tungsung News