Accra, June 5, GNA - Mr Nenyi George Andah, the Deputy Minister of Communication, has commended the Accra Golden Lions Club for the impact their services have made to the Ghanaian society.
'Your service to the underprivileged, flagship eye clinics, blood donation exercises, supply of educational materials, health screening, medical supply, environmental and sanitation campaigns, youth development and engagement sessions continue to impact lives positively,' he remarked.
He said this at the 25th Anniversary Gala Night, Fundraising and Installation Ceremony organized by the Accra Golden Lions Club to mark the community service and fundraising to Support Street Kids with Learning Difficulties in partnership with Special Attention Project.
Special Attention Project is a Ghanaian non-governmental organization which provides learning aids and individual support for children.
They also provide practical support to out-of-school children in the streets of Accra with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, dysphasia, dyscalculia among others.
Mr Andah urged Ghanaians to emulate the Lions Club in their commitment to serving the community, which falls rightly in line with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's call to Ghanaians to be citizens and not spectators.
He assured the club of the government's commitment to support such service oriented projects to change the narrative of the underprivileged in the society.
The Lions Club also inducted new leaders to serve the 2017/2018 term of office.
Mr Andah lauded the outgoing President of the Accra Golden Lions Club, Frank Kofi Ayivor, for his impactful tenure and advised the incumbent President, Albert Appiah to build on his successes developing new capabilities to keep serving the needs of the deprived.
Mr Ayivor, in his last days of office, is leading the club to raise a target of 100,000 Ghana cedis to help procure computers, art and craft tools, educational supplies, special teaching and learning aids to support the children with learning difficulties.
'Leadership is all about action and setting the right example to impact the society meaningfully, and not just the title - Thus, I am looking at driving about a 3-month appeal to raise substantial amount to achieve our objective of lessening the burden of our siblings on the streets due to no fault of theirs, as my presidential legacy project' he said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.
Albert Appiah, who is to assume office on July 1, said he would explore projects in the health and the environment sectors.
However, he will see to the accomplishment of the project on supporting street children.
'Leadership is only continuity and we have launched this programme to raise funds to support street children with learning difficulties. It is not an issue of laziness but a dysfunction of their system,' he said.
The Lions Clubs International marks its centennial anniversary in Chicago, USA, later this June, and was first established in Ghana 30 years again, with Accra Premier Lions Club.
By Caroline Pomeyie, GNA