Kyebi Fekuo (London), an association of citizens of Kyebi resident in the United Kingdom, has donated cash and items worth ¢20 million to the Kyebi Neighbourhood Watch Committee at a ceremony in Kyebi.
The items included 20 pieces of mobile phones, overalls, caps, Wellington boots, rechargeable torch lights and honorarium of ¢5 million.
Diana Acheampong, a member of the association who made the presentation, said her association appreciated the readiness with which the members volunteered to serve on the Neighbourhood Watch Committee, formed last year after the callous murder of a popular photographer in the town by a group of armed robbers, and congratulated them for their sense of patriotism.
She, however, regretted that due to lack of incentives, the membership had dwindled from 100 to 20 but noted with satisfaction the Committee's good work in helping to ensure the safety and peace of residents in Kyebi.
Mrs Acheampong gave the assurance that the association would continue to assist in the general development of the town through the provision of social amenities and educational facilities, as well as offering scholarships to brilliant but needy students.
Barima Ofori Kumahene, who received the gifts on behalf of the Committee, thanked members of the Kyebi Fekuo and commended them for responding quickly and positively to the appeal from the Committee to their President, Yaw Anafi-Acquah, during a recent visit to present scholarship awards to a number of students of the Abuakwa State College, Kyebi.
He called on Kyebi citizens resident elsewhere to emulate the example of the London-based association and contribute towards the town"s development. He also appealed to members of the Watch Committee to take good care of the items, meant for official use only.
George Okyere Bamfo, Assembly Member for Kyebi New Town, who is also the leader of the Committee, said the members had been motivated by the donation of the items, adding "we'll discharge our duties to the best of our abilities so as to reciprocate the honour and recognition accorded us”.
Earlier, a patron of the Kyebi Fekuo, Ofosu Danso had on behalf of the association, presented building materials worth ¢3.5 million to the people of Kyebi-Akwadum towards the rehabilitation of the local Roman Catholic Junior Secondary School.