By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
Five Chinese companies operating in Ghana, have presented anti-coronavirus items worth Eighty Thousand Cedis (GHS80,000) to the Ghana Army, to help the Armed Forces in their war against Covid-19 – the global health menace, which has so far claimed over two hundred and thirty thousand (230,000) homo sapiens lives, since the fall of 2019.
The donated items – 15,000 pieces of face masks, 42 cartons of hand soap, 10 Veronica buckets and 17 cartons of tissue rolls – were presented at the Army Headquarters on Thursday, 30th April, 2020, and were received by the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) – Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Michael Amoah Ayisi, on the behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Oppong-Peprah.
Presenting the items for the five companies, the Military Attache (MA) to the Chinese Embassy in Ghana – Colonel (Col) Zhao Hongquan, expressed pleasure at the long standing friendship and good cooperation between the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Chinese Armed Forces, recalling how the duo worked together at the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia, during the outbreak of the EBOLA epidemic, where the MA was a Staff Officer.
“We make these donations, not only because we are friends with Ghana, but also because we have a shared future, we are one big family, in the same boat, for the corona virus does not respect national boundaries, nor distinguish between races, but can be defeated by joint efforts of all mankind”, the MA intimated.
Col Zhao stated that since the infiltration of Covid-19 into the space of Ghana, the five Ghanaian registered Chinese companies, have actively contacted the embassy to facilitate the donation, which he said is a manifestation of their social responsibility.
The five companies – Xu Gong (Gh) Machinery Co Ltd, China Zinzheng Ghana Friendliness Development Co Ltd, FAW First Ghana Motors Co Ltd, Dragon Success Gh Logistics Co Ltd, LX Joyea Co Ltd – have operated in Ghana for over nine (9) years and are into logistics, large-scale mining, construction with steel bar, and the sale of heavy duty trucks and equipment.
Present at the event included the Director, Peacekeeping Operations, Army – Col Albert Sison Ogaja, the Director, Logistics – Col Roland Kwao-Adotey and the Director of China Zinzheng Ghana Friendliness Development – Mr Zheng Xian Chun.